Originally Posted by bronco
So as I have continued my research I have taken a hard look at all the big named barrel companies. This is what I am leaning towards for little if any in-letting.
Broughton 4.1 MAGNUM SPORTER .850" down to .660" At 28" finish 4.2lbs
I have been weighing the choice of a 26" to 28" still but as this is a 30" blank I can have either
.660 at the muzzle at 28" and by my math it would be .676 at 26" or .668 at 27"
Would the 28" to long for the light barrel and .338 pill? (whipping?)
Would The barrel perform better at 26" because its a little stiffer
I have decided on a 1in10 twist, DE .750 Brake and 11 degree crown as well.
I am still open to conventional or 5c Rifling. Any suggestions?
This is just my opinion, so take it for that.
It sounds like you are trying to limit the weight of the rifle. I would go with the 26" because
you will probably want a muzzle break on it and It will end up being over 28".
On the "Whipping" The shorter barrel will be stiffer (By how much is the question).
28" barrels will get a little more velocity than the 26" but not that much so if you wanted to go
longer (28 to 30") I would try to increase the barrel contour by at least 1 size (You might have
to open the stock just a little but the added strength and weight would be worth it.
I prefer 6 grove rifling on large heavy bullets for .30 and 338 caliber and when I go over .375 I
like to go to 8 groove for better and cleaner engraving on the bullet.
For an all out long range 338 rifle the longest(Practical) and heaviest contoured barrel is desirable
but these are not practical if you intend to carry the rifle long distances.
So my recommendation if you want that contour would be a 26" 6 groove barrel with a break,
fully bedded and floated for first shot consistency.
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