Originally Posted by Topshot
What sort of performance loss would you expect from a 22 or 23" barrel compared to say a 26" or 27" barrel in .338RUM? 8lbs sounds about right but could afford another 1 lb if it meant that I could get a bit longer barrel.
I like the idea of the 225 grain bullet. Some very good ones available. But I also like the 250 grain bullets also.
That outfit might go over 11 pounds with the longer barrel once I you fit a scope and mounts. Sort of looking of about 9 lbs max, as I already have a 14lb big gun in .338Edge.
The reason for a shorter barrel is the handling not the weight. you don't gain that much
weight by adding 2" to the small end of the barrel.
If you want a 26" barrel it will end up at an overall length of about 28" with the break.
If you drop to 24" from 26" you will loose 50 to 60 ft/sec and have a rifle that is arround 26"
in barrel length.
I like longer barrels if I'm going to shoot 300gr bullets @ max velocity but the rifles become
awkward in a carry rifle also the longer the barrel is in a light contour the worse the
harmonics become making the rifle more finicky to load development.
I recomend keeping light barrels under 26" and heavy barrels under 34" because of barrel whip
in large caliber cartriges (Magnums).
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