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Barrel Contour-Length Question

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Unread 03-25-2008, 09:14 PM
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Barrel Contour-Length Question

Looking to build a 300wsm using a Kreiger barrel. Plan to include a Holland brake. This gun will be used 95% at a 1000 yd range; however, I want it to be a practical hunting rig, for any type western hunting trip. Was planning to go with a No. 3 contour (should result in about 8 lbs bare rig). Should I consider a heavier barrel and would a 26-inch barrel with the brake be too long? All opinions welcome. Thanks
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Unread 03-25-2008, 09:48 PM
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You may consider fluted barrels as well. 26" is a good length, but the WSM's can give good performance with shorter barrels as well (compared to other cartridges wich often loose substantial amounts of velocity when barrels aren't fairly long).

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