I had accumulated 3 Super Blackhawks over the last several years and don't need but one. I took them out the other night and shot all three of them about 50 rounds each. It's obvious that the 4 and 5/8 and the 5 and 1/2 inchers shoot better groups with my eyes than the Blackhawk with a 10 and 1/2 inch barrel.....and by quite a bit. In fact I shot my very best with the 4 5/8" gun. I was shooting my hot deer hunting loads with li'gun and 240 grain XTPs.
Since Iowa's shotgun season and second muzzleloader season now allows the use of handguns I usually kill 2 deer during the first muzzleloader season with my muzzleloader and then 2 in December/January with a handgun.
I have a real nice holster for the 4 and 5/8 incher and could very easily make it my one hand gun for everything including CC. Last night I traded the long barreled one for a Sig Sauer M400 ar15 for my daughter to give to her husband for his birthday. I then sold the 5 1/2 inch gun on advance to a retired friend who has a meager lifestyle simply because he refuses to let the rest of us pay his way even though the regs say he is entitled.
What barrel length do you guys like up there for your packing and killing stuff gun?