Originally Posted by tommyc279
I recently purchased a Remington 700 Police in 223. The rifle shoots amazing which is making this decision very difficult. I want to shorten the 26" barrel to 20" by a well respected gunsmith. I am very worried this could negatively effect the accuracy. Right now it is shooting 1/2 groups with 60 v-max but I would love to cut it down 6 inches and get the gun Cerakota with fluted bolt and tactical Badger knob. Looking for reassurance the gun will still be a shooter. Thanks in advance
you must have a faster twist barrel than I do in my 700VS. It'll shoot 60 grain bullets but they don't group as well as I'd like.
Anyway I did virtually the samething as you are thinking a few years back, and have never regretted it. My barrel was junk at the chamber end and the muzzel end. Shooting 55 grain Vmax bullets I saw a loss of 75fps, and of course the groups are a light year better. The barrel is much stiffer and thus reduces the harmonics. But if I were to do it over, I would have liked to have had 22" in length. What I really like (right now) is the over all balance of the rifle shooting off hand. It just dosn't act like it has a heavy barrel.
If you make the change, start out with BLC2 and H322 powders.