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2in or a 4in? Is longer better?

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by uban77, Jan 15, 2011.

  1. uban77

    uban77 Maui, HI. Luck favors the prepared.

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    If you were shooting CCI stingers .22lr. Would the bullet go faster from the 4in barrel over the 2in.?
     
  2. skywag

    skywag On the Columbia River Active Member

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    The propellent will have a longer time to accelerate the .22 bullet in the 4 inch and will go faster.

    That doesn't make it necessarily "better."
     
  3. glockguy

    glockguy Albany Oregon Well-Known Member

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    damn i thought this was about something different
     
  4. Swedish K

    Swedish K SW Washington Moderator Staff Member

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    maybe not better but you will get a better sight radius and in theory more accuracy from the user.


    Now that is funny!
     
  5. mattg521

    mattg521 portland.,or Member

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    It would seem to me that everything would be better w/ 4" except concealment and even that would be marginal as the barrel seems to be the easiest part to hide unless it is for pocket carry.
    The only thing "better" about 2" would be if you were looking for less velocity or delivered energy in which case why would OP be shooting stingers instead of standard or high velocity ammo?
     
  6. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    I have asked about this before and was told the the powders used today burn fast enough that the longer barrel doesn't make the bullet go any faster.
    ???

    I like the longer barrels in the 22's just for the weight,as to keep the recoil down for accuracy.
    And site radius
     
  7. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Ardenwald, OR Well-Known Member

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    ?

    You were told wrong. Optimum barrel length for a .22lr is approximately 16 inches.



    What recoil, it's a .22? The longer sight radius is the big plus.
     
  8. Izzy

    Izzy Oakridge Active Member

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    Madcratebuilder is correct, 16" (ish) is the optimum length of a barrel for a .22lr (as far as velocity is concerned)
     
  9. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for that,and Madcratebuilder

    There is still some recoil on a 22,and I don't like to waste targets,so I want to only make one hole:D

    Maybe the powder thing was for larger calibers.