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Unread 12-04-2008, 11:13 AM
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New to forum..Need advice on barrel size and length

Well I am new to this forum and is my first post but seems to be a very helpful place for information so I decided to join...

I am having a 7 Ultra Mag built and my question is what size of barrel would yall recommend? I am going to go with a Krieger. My gunsmith was kinda in the air about barrel size. He said he would go with either a 24" #4 or a 26" #3. I just want to make sure I am getting the right barrel for me and my needs and I know very little when it comes to building a rifle. Any advice or info is appreciated. Thanks
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    Unread 12-04-2008, 11:25 AM
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    Re: New to forum..Need advice on barrel size and length

    I'd do at the very least a 28"

    Why would you choose to build a high performance rig and then handicap it with a short barrel? 24" is way to short IMHO.
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    Unread 12-04-2008, 11:35 AM
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    Magman, thanks for the reply. I was kinda thinking that 24" was too short as well but like I said I'm not as educated as most when it comes to building a rifle. It will be used only for hunting and not for a bench and I think is why my gunsmith recommended going with a little shorter barrel so it's not as bulky.
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    Unread 12-04-2008, 11:38 AM
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    Re: New to forum..Need advice on barrel size and length

    what are your needs out of this build. where are you going to be carrying it to and from(spot and stalk, stand hunting or a walking rifle) that will help you pick what is right for you instead right for us
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    gahlizard, I hunt mainly for whitetail in NW Texas where it is wide open which makes for long range shooting (well long range for me) out to 450yds. I will mainly be in a deer blind so I won't be walking much even though I do so from time to time. But I am also building this gun for future elk hunts, muley hunts or even a canadian whitetail hunt.
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    Re: New to forum..Need advice on barrel size and length

    Kamp, I'm sorry if my post may have come off as abrasive.

    In all reality a deer at 500 yards won't know the difference between a 7mm RUM, STW, Dakota or even the WSM.

    If you're looking for a big heavy rig I'd say go with a long barreled RUM.

    If you're looking to conserve weight for a mid-weight rifle I'd have no fear in doing a 22-24" 7mm WSM.

    At 500 you might be talking about 5-6" (didn't check, just guessing) of difference in drop between the calibers I listed. In my eyes that isn't a big deal.

    Just some thoughts.
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    Re: New to forum..Need advice on barrel size and length

    Magman, your post was perfectly ok. I am here to learn so give me all you got. I already have a 7wsm which I like a great deal but am wanting to get something with more punch. I am thinking the longer barrel might be what I need to go with especially for the type of hunting I do. And I did not know that the two calibers were that close ballistically out to that range. Thanks for the info.
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