Originally Posted by KPK
Would you opt for a lighter barrel with added length over a heavier barrel and shorter length? I've been using a 300 rum with 26" barrel plus brake and it's not terrible. I want to run the long 180g berger hybrids in it (which seem to be working good in my 7mm saum Sendero, as far as feeding).
Even a 28" wouldn't be too terrible, but 24" would be nice for the mountains...
I allways go for the heaviest I can use in the length that I need (22'' barrel I go with a hunter
bench rest taper, 24'' barrel I like a #5 or 6 contour and for the longer barrels I go with a #7 or
#8 contour for strength. Thin/light barrels can be troublesome, so I use the heaver tapers and
contours. (Of course this is just my preference).
I have barreled a lot of the Saums and WSMs and 24'' to 25" seems to be perfect all round.
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