Re: 18" barrel in the 308
If you want some pretty heavy hitters for large game, the Berger 210 VLD Hunting bullets group excellent out of my 5R, but it has a 24" barrel, with an 11.25" twist. So, they might fly and group different out of your gun.
I wouldn't go under 20" finished length, measured to the recoil lug, honestly. 20" is a stubby little gun. But the heavy contour barrels, when cut down to desired length, have some serious rigidity, and seem to shoot equally well at distance, from my experience.
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Originally Posted by WildRose
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