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Unread 07-10-2012, 09:09 PM
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Barrel Length

I'm about to start my first build, it's going to be a 308 Norma Mag. I'm going to a Shilen or Douglas barrel in it. The rifle is going to be used for mostly long range hunting. I'm thinking about running a max contour 20inch barrel 1:10 twist. What do you guys think?
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    Unread 07-11-2012, 07:17 AM
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    Re: Barrel Length

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    I'm about to start my first build, it's going to be a 308 Norma Mag. I'm going to a Shilen or Douglas barrel in it. The rifle is going to be used for mostly long range hunting. I'm thinking about running a max contour 20inch barrel 1:10 twist. What do you guys think?
    I think you would be screwing yourself with a 20" barrel. I have no idea what a max contour barrel is, the 10 twist would be fine I think, but I would go at least 26" on the length if not longer

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    Unread 07-11-2012, 07:43 AM
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    Re: Barrel Length

    By max contour I mean a straight barrel.
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    Unread 07-11-2012, 07:48 AM
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    Re: Barrel Length

    + one on the 26" tube

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    Re: Barrel Length

    I had a full-bull (no contour) Douglas "Air-Guaged", 24" bbl chambered in .300WM and it was a shooter (sold it long ago). However, i've since been advised that it was exceptional to acheive that level of accuracy (.2" with 190grn SGK, RL22, Fed 215 primers and Winchester brass).

    Why are you choosing a 20" bbl?

    In any event, if were to stick with the two choices you offer, i'd like to try a Shilen (one of their Premium Match Grade).

    Otherwise, there a good handful of superb barrel makers to choose from that i would look to before your choices.
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    Re: Barrel Length

    The shorter the barrel, the less contour you need for stiffness. Once the barrel exceeds your personal shooting skill you gain nothing.
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    Unread 07-11-2012, 06:18 PM
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    Re: Barrel Length

    I'm looking at a 20 inch tube because there are almost no barrel vibrations and it would be easy to carry around on a hunt and Shilen because its been recommended to me by a lot of people.
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