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I can't call them "rules of thumb", but my main problem in concealing a gov't.-sized pistol was length of the frame, or "butt print". The main criteria in my holster search were rake (enough "muzzle-rear" to keep the butt forward) and the degree to which the holster pulls the butt into the side,or allows the belt to do so. I'm 6'1" and 175, so my sides may move out to meet the gun a bit more than yours (don't laugh - the holster doesn't do it all), but I solved both the rake and closeness problem with Lou's MOB, worn at a near 4:30 position. His belt slide also has enough rake and "hold" to accomplish this as an outside rig, but not to the extent of the MOB, of course. Solving those two problems pretty much left the rest of it up to choice of clothing for me. In some situations, as the day wears on, you may find it necessary to tighten your belt a notch as your body dehydrates or loses mass for whatever reason. This is a good reason for hunting out belts with less-than-inch buckle holes.
 
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