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'06 barrel lenght experience

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'06 barrel lenght experience

Looking to plan my next build, and truthfully I wanted a short barreled .308 (hunting gun not tactical) for easy manuevering in cover and in the truck and stand. Problem is, i have a long action to build on, and dont want to waste the available horsepower potential by putting a .308 on it.

So, anyone have a 22" '06? How does it perform? I realize there will be some loss of ballistic performance by shortening the barrel, but am I going to end up with a .308 that just burns more powder?

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    Looking to plan my next build, and truthfully I wanted a short barreled .308 (hunting gun not tactical) for easy manuevering in cover and in the truck and stand. Problem is, i have a long action to build on, and dont want to waste the available horsepower potential by putting a .308 on it.

    So, anyone have a 22" '06? How does it perform? I realize there will be some loss of ballistic performance by shortening the barrel, but am I going to end up with a .308 that just burns more powder?

    THX
    Yes depending on bullet weight... if you want a short barrel .308 cal just buy a .308 Win. Short .30-06 is just a flash bulbs barrel. They still shoot great, but in there best loads and bullet weight your giving up velocity...
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    Re: '06 barrel lenght experience

    plenty of 18.5 " 3006 carbines out there in semi auto and pump action. You wont lose that much with the 3006 with a 22" barrel, many guns like the winchester featherweight come with a 22" barrel. Great though to be able to load the 06 up or down, some will say you can with the 308 but given even 22" barrels the 3006 still out performs the 308. Chop away and enjoy your woods rifle
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    So, anyone have a 22" '06? How does it perform? I realize there will be some loss of ballistic performance by shortening the barrel, but am I going to end up with a .308 that just burns more powder?

    THX
    I have a 22" pacnor on my .06 and any future .06 will have the same length bbl. It is the perfect length for the .06. No need for longer, and you could do shorter, but then you obviously lose benefit.

    I've noticed a 308 with a 24" tube can get equal velocity or close to a 30.06 with a 22" tube. My Sako 308 has a 24" Obermeyer.

    Stick with 22" on your .06. You'll be glad you did.
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    Re: '06 barrel lenght experience

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    Looking to plan my next build, and truthfully I wanted a short barreled .308 (hunting gun not tactical) for easy manuevering in cover and in the truck and stand. Problem is, i have a long action to build on, and dont want to waste the available horsepower potential by putting a .308 on it.

    So, anyone have a 22" '06? How does it perform? I realize there will be some loss of ballistic performance by shortening the barrel, but am I going to end up with a .308 that just burns more powder?

    THX
    The 22" barrel would be a great choice for what your wanting in my opinion. The last 5 shot group I checked averaged 2713 fps out of a factory Rem 700 with 22" barrel with 180 gr Nosler Accubond. Good load for feral hogs.
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    Re: '06 barrel lenght experience

    My 30-06 experience past and present is fine with 22". A 200 grain Accubond can be driven mid to upper 2600's. This will give the minimum 1800 fps Nosler states is necessary for expansion to between 500 & 600 yards. Add a quality scope with a properly calibrated turret, and you've got about as handy as it's going to get for a general duty carry rifle.
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    I get 91fps avg difference between my 24" and 22" 30-06 using the exact same load with H4350. There's not a lot of ballistic advantage there.
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