Originally Posted by tbrown9124
After building numerous dedicated long range and equally long barreled rifles I am wanting to take a step in the opposite direction, I'm curious if anyone here has build either a 243win/ackley or 308 win with a short 16" barrel and what their results have been in both velocity and accuracy.
The shortest barrels that I have had were 18" and 20" both were 7/08s and both were very accurate
and gave up very little velocity.
The 308 was designed for 20'' barrels and all of its "Offspring's" do well in a short barrel.
I also have a custom XP pistol with a 16.5 '' barrel that is extremely accurate and is at its best with heavy bullets.
Short heavy barrels are very ridged and accurate and with the right load be very effective at 400 to
500+ yards on game.
For a rifle I would go with a 20'' barrel for performance and appearance (Barrels shorter than 20
make the stocks look to long)and for the pistol a 16'' is about the minimum length.
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