Originally Posted by silvertip-co
The longer the barrel the heavier it will be to carry, unless you're building a LRH rifle. I was never a 18" barrel fan but the do kill game effectively, and scientifically theres very little noticeable difference between an 18" barrel and a 22" barrel(velocity wise). May I suggest the 22" barrel for your sheep rifle to keep the weight down. A Hart or Lilja ought to work fine and give you excellent accuracy. And good luck, let us know how it works out. I think the 260 Rem, the 6.5-284 Norma, and the 284 Win are finally achieving the success they so richly deserve as short action LRH ctgs, we just need to get the factories to put out some rifles for us in them 3 cals to keep the costs down.
The 22" barrel should pick up between 100 and 200 ft/sec over the 18".
The 308 based cases seem to top out arround 20 to 22" of barrel, longer doesent
get you much ( You reach the point of diminishing returns ) unless your shooting
A 20 0r 22" # 5 contour Lilja will fit the stock with very little work and add maby 1/2
of a pound to the model 7 and it will be a lot stiffer ( More accurate ).
I have a 7/08 mod 7 in a 20" lilja and it pushes the 120 gr blistic tip 3150 , normal hunting
load is 3010 ft/sec with the 120gr blist,tip. When it had a 18.5" barrel velocity with the
same hunting load was just over 2800 ft/sec. so placing a custom 20" barrel improved
velocity buy 200 ft/sec.
Just my 2 cents
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