Originally Posted by bhol
I have a Surgeon action on order in 1581/XL for a 338 Lapua build. What would you guys recommend on barrel contour and length. I was thinking a 26" 1 in 10 twist. But I was wondering if a longer barrel would be a better choice, 28" or so. Any suggestions or information would be helpful as I'm pretty new to this long range stuff.
I'd look at:
Size of safe, scabbard, and/or case you're going to use with the rifle.
If you plan on shooting 300 gr bullets, you can see 20-30 fps gained for every inch of barrel length. So this might allow you to settle in on a brass life friendly load, with great precision potential, at a higher velocity node, and more flexibility on powder choices to achieve xxxx velocity with precision, then you might realize with a shorter length barrel.
For me, anything much longer than a Factory Accumark, Sendero...isn't realistic for a carry/backpack rifle. Anything longer than will fit in a Trailmax Scabbard isn't realistic for a horse hunt. If you're an ATV/truck hunter, or more of a deliberate "hide site/observation post" type hunter out of a stand, etc...then a longer rifle wouldn't be much of a hinderance imo.
Be sure to post up a build thread once you get your rifle!