You're 100% right. I think people got the idea that they could get away with shorter barrels when they realized that their Winchesters were as long as rifles.Skligmund said:I think it is a combination of looks and what people are used to. It should be easier to shoot straight with the long bbl because the sights are further apart, and you have a little bit of velocity gain. I don't see the need for a 24" bbl, but a 19" bbl makes sense. Heck, my Model Seven in 243 has an 18" bbl, wth does a 45 colt lever gun with iron sights need to be 24"?
When I get my next levergun, it's going to be 19" or less.
Have you tried that Winchester Timber Scout in .44 Mag? It has an 18" barrel. I heard that it was sweeeeet. Too bad they don't make those in .45 Colt.
That's why the Army shortened their .45 Colt revolvers from 7.5" to 5.5" on the "Artillery" model. The 1911A1 had a 5" barrel all it's service life. Now the M9 9mm pistol also sports a 5" barrel. It's the optimum length.