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Old 11-22-2005, 07:50 AM
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.308 barrel length

Hello,

I was wondering what length you 308 shooters are using? I was debating between 24 and 26 inches. Will longer than 26 even matter?
The gun will be used for target so accuracy will have to come first but I could use the extra fps with no significant lost in velocity.

Thanks for your time.
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Old 11-22-2005, 09:04 AM
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Re: .308 barrel length

24 ins. is plenty long enough,it will result in a slightly stiffer barrel,which in turn should yield slightly better accuracy.personally i wouldnt fret a few fps.if accuracy is the number one goal---dave
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Old 11-22-2005, 10:37 AM
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Re: .308 barrel length

Just to be different I get my .308's cut to 25". Really not a big deal, we have some at 22 that are tackdrivers.
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Old 11-22-2005, 03:27 PM
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Re: .308 barrel length

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I have a 10 twist Hart that was cut from 24" and rechambered at 22" and I feel it is more accurate at 22 than 24 and the rifle is handier also.
If it is going to be used under 800 yards 22" is fine. With Fed Match 168's I lost 35 fps.

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Re: .308 barrel length

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Old 11-23-2005, 12:07 PM
 
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Re: .308 barrel length

The most accurate .308's in the world under 11 lbs.are shot by the Hunter benchrest crowd. The most common length for their shooting discipline is around 21 to 21.5".
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Old 11-24-2005, 02:13 AM
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Re: .308 barrel length

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I don't think the 308 has the case capacity to use anything much longer than 22". I agree with the experts who've posted above ( 20 - 22" stiffer barrel ) When Kirby send me my new .308 I'll tell you how long the barrel is [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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