Accuracy difference between 4 and 5 barrels - Kimber Forum

Kimber


Go Back   Kimber Forum > Kimber Forum Discussions > Kimber Talk

Like Tree31Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-10-2016, 09:32 AM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Posts: 3
Accuracy difference between 4 and 5 barrels

I'm in the process of buying a new 1911 45 and trying to decide on barrel length. I have pretty much decided on a Kimber. My question is the accuracy difference between a 4and 5 inch barrel.
Wk2fish is offline   Reply With Quote
Remove Ads
Old 12-10-2016, 09:38 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
2sharp2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Chattanooga
Posts: 11,174
Slim and none...so close it is hard to determine without placing in a shooting vice. There can be some difference with accuracy between 3" and 5" but not much and that wasn't your question.
Highly likely 4 and 5 inch models will be real close accuracy wise...I wouldn't worry about that aspect.

Yes, I own all barrel lengths. To be honest the Gold Combat LE (5") is the most accurate but I think that is due to coming from factory with a great trigger. I have a couple 3" models that are real close.
__________________
The Kimber Family

CDP & RCP Ultra's
Classic Carry Pro (Factory Bone Grips)
Custom Two-Tone 45/.460Rowland
Gold Combat Limited Edition
Master Carry Pro
Sapphire Ultra 9mm
SIS Custom, Pro, Ultra
Stainless Ultra Carry 9mm
Stainless Raptor Custom, Pro, Ultra
Super Carry Ultra Plus
TLE Pro (TFS)

84M Longmaster Classic SS .308
SVT 22lr Stainless Fluted Bull Barrel
Kimber Of America 82 Stainless Fluted .22lr
84M Varmint Stainless 204 Ruger

Last edited by 2sharp2; 12-10-2016 at 09:43 AM.
2sharp2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2016, 09:54 AM   #3
Banned
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 2,773
I use to go to a gun range that had a gun vise that you could rent. It would hold the gun steady and absorb the recoil. I only rented it once, and my conclusion was that I can shoot fine, if I take my time, aim, breath, and ease back on the trigger. In other words, learning how to shoot is 90% of hitting what you are aim at. A good trigger job goes a long ways also.
Chuck43, Markie, Hawker800 and 1 others like this.
montanaResident is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Old 12-10-2016, 10:04 AM   #4
Banned
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 2,773
BTW, the 1911 was designed as a 5 incher. The smaller versions are problematic because of this. If you want a reliable gun, verses a cute gun get the full size.
montanaResident is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2016, 10:10 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
Insta-Gator's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Georgia
Posts: 11,763
I'm not the greatest shot in the world, but my little Super Carry Ultra HD (3") shot as good as anything I own. Then again, my Raptor Pro (4") and TLE (4") shoot better than my Custom (5") but I think it is because the Custom has an alloy frame and all the others are all steel. I like the extra weight.

YMMV
Hawker800 and RugerLuger like this.
__________________
Insta-Gator aka .. Gary
(warning: prone to bouts of petulance)

It's not that I have something to hide, ... I have nothing I want you to see.

(remember your 4th Amendment right, people)
Insta-Gator is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2016, 10:21 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
bhunted's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Sumner County, TN
Posts: 2,891
All my Kimber 45s are accurate. Thats 3"-5"...

Maybe the question should be, 'what are you going to use them for and at what distance'. For mostly paper punching, they are all fine. Next question, will you carry and if so, how concealed do you want to be. If you are considering competitive shooting, then 5" match grade barrel with adjustable sights.

Everything is a matter of preference only determined by you. 45acp was designed as a knock down round. Not for sniping.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Chuck43, Marshall, Jflytle and 2 others like this.
__________________
Regards,

John, aka BHunted
NRA Life Patriot Benefactor Member - Sumner Gun - ANJRPC - GFH - Patriot Guard

"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote". -Benjamin Franklin

---------------------------------------
Kimber Warrior SOC
SS Raptor Pro
Ultra Covert II
bhunted is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2016, 11:39 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
azguy1911's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Posts: 721
3" Ultra Aegis at 30 ft, not sure how tight of grouping you are shooting for but my weapons are for self-defense. BTW, these were triple taps, two in body, one in head

20160416_113319.jpg
__________________
I'm a 1911 addict -- GI CCO 9mm, WC Sentinel Compact 9mm, WC ULCC 9mm, WC Professional 38 super, WC Stealth 38 super, WC Bobtail Professional 9mm, DW CCO 38 super, DW CBOB 38 super, Kimber Ultra Aegis 9mm and a little Sig P938
azguy1911 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2016, 05:51 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Posts: 150
I believe that a competent shooter can shoot any gun well, as long as they become familiar with that gun. Take Hickok45 for example, that fella seems to be proficient with just about any gun he puts in his hand.
Marshall, 2sharp2, Markie and 1 others like this.
__________________
I Reload, Therefore, I Am
CB236 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2016, 11:11 AM   #9
Member
 
TheYoungConnoisseur's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Posts: 31
I strongly believe the bull bushing less barrel of the pro models is the ultimate iteration of the 1911. I shoot extremely long distance as well as speed shooting unclose with it and other than my suppressed TLE II custom for whatever reason, my 4in timbers are better shooting, softer shooting, faster shooting, more pointable and better looking than every 5in I've had


btw, the physical length of a barrel has nothing to do with accuracy, even in the ELR rifle world, length = velocity depending on the powder and loading
TheYoungConnoisseur is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2016, 11:19 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
RustyIron's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: La Habra, California
Posts: 2,867
Originally Posted by Wk2fish View Post
My question is the accuracy difference between a 4and 5 inch barrel.
The sight radius is going to be about 25% greater on the gun with the 5" barrel. That's a substantial amount. Something to think about.
Chuck43, shin0bi1 and roketdoc like this.
__________________


Join the NRA
RustyIron is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Micro 9 accuracy, your thoughts? DocHolliday Kimber Micro 9 Forum 52 02-10-2019 08:08 PM
So what's the difference and why? The Tourist Knives 1 10-21-2016 09:55 AM
Barrels of fun... bhunted Kimber 1911 Forum 16 08-30-2016 03:31 PM
Typical Accuracy with Micro 380 c_kyle Kimber Micro Carry Forum 17 08-15-2016 06:01 PM