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Unread 07-06-2011, 02:02 PM
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Barrel Length question

will a 6.5x284 shooting 140's benefit from a barrel longer than 26"

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Unread 07-06-2011, 04:38 PM
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Re: Barrel Length question

I think it depends on what benefits your looking for.
The bench rest and F-Class guys I shoot with like the longer, heavy barrels(up to 30") for weight/high volume shooting. They usually load lower velocities(2850-2900) than the hunters optimizing for top accuracy and barrel life. The hunters can get 2950-3050fps out of a 26" barrel with good accuracy, energy retention, and a more manageable hunting rifle. I am at 2950 fps, and sub .5 MOA out of a 26"barrel. I have a load that gets me to 3040 fps but groups a little bigger. Need to work on it some more.
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