So if I'm firing standard pressure .45 Colt, there wouldn't be any noticeable difference between a 19" carbine and a 24" sporting rifle? Would anyone happen to know the difference in FPS?.45colt said:With standard or lite loads I don't think it matters much. but when you load top end loads and 300gr and heavier bullets,you really appericate the long barrel.Jim.
Wow, I didn't know that...I always thought longer barrel = better accuracy. I guess you learn something new everyday!MikeG said:A short barrel being accurate has to do with barrel harmonics - shorter = stiffer for the same profile. Smaller oscillations, keep the bullets all started downrange pointed at the same place. More of a competitive bench rest type of consideration and I'm not really sure why I brought it up, in retrospect.
It's a small thing and not something I'd worry about in the hunting fields. As noted, a longer barrel is often easier for a person to shoot off-hand, with more weight out in front.
Well as you said, the Colt +P rounds fired from these things really rock the house. But just like any other magnum, they're not really comfortable for plinking. For some reason, I could sit there and shoot a 30-06 rifle all day and standard pressure .45 Colt. But those super heavy 250-300 gr bullets moving at near rifle velocity? Recoil is brutal, and my dad doesn't want to shoot those. For the kind of recoil is produces, it's ineffeciency compared to a 30-06 is almost, well it is, dissapointing. Unless I decide to get a tang sight.MikeG said:Question remains... what do you want to do with the gun?