My wife finally gave me the "ok" to get one. I'm debating whether to get the 4" barrel or the 8 3/8". Which would you prefer and why? I've also heard talk that shorter barrels have less recoil than long barrels and vice versa. Any help would be appreciated.
Get the 4inch barrell. My friend bought the 8/38 and its just to big and klunky.It is very hard to Aim because its so heavy.Its not a practical gun and you wont shoot it very much.I would prefer the 4inch because you can carry it in the car its easier to shoot and aim.Trust me you wont shoot it very much at 2 dollars a round.To be honest with you I was real hott to get one until I tried his. It has such a fast jolt that your thumb will hurt the next day.You can get them at the gunshow for 700 I looked at them there a couple months ago.Oh and another thing this past Sunday we broke my buddys 500 the bearing that holds the cylinder in broke on it and it fell apart. The gun has about 75rds thru it.
I have the 4" barrel and have only put 400 grain platinum tipped hollow points through it. She fires just as well now as the day I took her out of the case. The recoil isn't that bad. If you expect it, just keep your elbows loose and she'll rise and then come right back down. Didn't hurt me a bit.
Never planned on shooting it a lot. Just one of the "why?" guns I've always wanted. Still want a .50 BMG to add to my collection later on. I was kind of leaning towards the 4" barrel since I like the way it looks and because it's a bet smaller.