Remington New Army barrel length

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I'm interested in buying the Remington New Army revolver from Cabelas, I don't know what model to buy. The sheriff model offer 5.5" barrel and the regular is 8". The sheriff model looks easy carry in the field, but the longer barrel may be more accurate at longer distances? This would be my first BP revolver so I don't have any experience with either one. Does anyone have experience with this models? I rather have the input of actual shooter than the info on Cabelas website. Any information would be appreciated
 

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I have one with the longer barrel. Although I don't shoot it very often but it is pretty accurate from out to 25 yards. The shorter barrel model is cooler looking to me.
 

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The 8" barrel is the correct and only barrel length offered by Remington. If you were interested in reacting, shooting in N-SSA matches or other as-issued revolver matches only the 8" is acceptable. Finally it just looks better.
 
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I would suggest the 8in. Pietta Rem. from EMF co. . Has drift adjust front sight. My 2019 made model was great out of the box. Have shot some of my best practice target with this one both 25 & 50 yds. If your shooting amounts to plinking large targets or less than 20 yards the short Bbl may do. 25-50 yds on targets like a pie plate or smaller the longer Bbl is much better. Also consider the most short Bbl models need a very high front sight replacement to shoot to point of aim...c
 

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I have both. The 5.5 is nicely balanced.
Both equally dependable.
My 8 is the target. Really nice for older eyes. Hits well inside 2" at 25 yards consistently.
 

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I have both. I would also get the 8 for a first simply because it is correct. For casual shooting both are accurate and the sheriff’s handles nicely.
 

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I have both as well, the 8" with the longer sight radius is going to be easier to aim accurately, but I don't think it is more inherently accurate. As far as as government contracts, during the WTBS, 8" would be period correct, however the idea to shorten barrels on C&B revolvers is not a new or novel idea, and individuals in the period also saw the possibilities and there were examples of shortened barrels particularly after the war, but they were not official issue.

Then again, the stainless, accurized and target 8" models of the 1858 available now, that help to get the most out of the pistol, are not any more period correct than the 5.5" barreled version, adn when you really get right down to it, none of the current replicas are exactly period correct, it is simple a matter of where you set the goalposts for the "most accurate" copy.

The shorter model is handier, and easier to carry in a holster, and it is near certainty some enterprising young men cut the barrel of their Remingtons in the late 1800's. It is harder to shoot the shorter model well, mostly due to sight radius, but the weight in the front does help to steady the sight picture as well.

If you are going to b e reenacting with particular groups, then an 8" will have to do, if not then if you have the chance as with buying any handgun, try handling both, and if possible shooting both and decide which fits and feels better for you.

An alternative may be the "Navy" .36 model which has a barrel length somewhat in between the two and handles a bit differently than either.
 
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Looking at the EMF site, there seems to be quite a shortage of 1858's.
 

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Considering most if not all C&B revolvers are produced in Italy, it may be a while before that supply chain returns to normal.
 

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You might get info online from Cabelas about one but they wont ship you one. I just tried to order the sheriffs model from them and it was a no go on shipping it. So I went elsewhere.
 

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Try the following,


This shows one in stock,
 

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