Originally Posted by Clndesl
Ok so I am having a 338 edge built right now and I have a bartlien 31" finished blank for the build. I was originally thinking 28" was going to be my barrel length but was wondering if I should if I should go longer. The gun will be used for long range elk at 1000+- yards. Let me know what you guys think and if you think the extra 2" is worth the extra weight ect.
The weight isn't an issue as we're talking mere ounces per inch.
The biggest issue with the longer barrels is trying to maneuver through the woods with them.
If you are pushing through much cover where you hunt that extra barrel length adds up to problems.
If not, it's just a matter of practicality for things like finding a gun case to carry and transport it in which is long enough..
Adding weight and length adds to stability and accuracy all else being equal butt do keep in mind they are negatives when hunting, especially back paking in tough terrain.
At most you gain about 50-75fps for ever inch of barrel over 26".
I don't own any hunting rigs with longer than a 27" finished barrel but when you add a muzzle break you're already at or very near 30".