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300wsm barrel length ?

 
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Old 06-01-2013, 11:11 AM
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300wsm barrel length ?

Looking at a lightweight rifle that has a 21 inch barrell and wondering what the advantages( other than light) and disadvantages are?The rifle has a 1/2 inch guarantee and will be used mostly out west for deer and elk.Thanks
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Old 06-01-2013, 12:45 PM
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Re: 300wsm barrel length ?

You will lose some velocity with the short barrel, but unless you hunt at very long range it probably will not make a great deal of difference.

I have a Winchester Model 70 with a 24 inch barrel, and I bought a Ruger Mark II with a 22 inch barrel to use for elk hunting in Wy. When I shot the very same factory load in these two rifle I found that I did not lose a great deal of velocity. This is what I found.

Federal Factory Load 300 WSM, 180 grain solid base Nosler bullet.

Average 3 shots 3055 ft/sec with the 24 inch barrel. 3017 ft/sec with the 22 inch barrel. I know that this would not be true for all guns but it will help you see that you may not lose as much as you might think.
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Old 06-02-2013, 01:18 PM
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Re: 300wsm barrel length ?

Thanks!
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Old 06-02-2013, 03:49 PM
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Re: 300wsm barrel length ?

I have a 22 inch barreled 300 SAUM gets 3100 fps with 165 gr accubonds and RL17 no disadvantage for me
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Old 06-03-2013, 05:25 PM
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Re: 300wsm barrel length ?

Nothing wrong with that!
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Old 06-03-2013, 09:21 PM
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Re: 300wsm barrel length ?

Is this a factory or custom rifle and what contour is the barrel?
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