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Old 06-18-2011, 10:58 PM
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Best short barrel long range calibre?

Looking at barrel lengths from 24" to 26" maximum. (not including brake)

What would you say was the best calibre choice for long range hunting of large game?

Ease of obtaining components like brass cases would be a major consideration.
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Old 06-18-2011, 11:20 PM
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Re: Best short barrel long range calibre?

if your thinking 26+brake then you have all of the rum's an the big mags. If your thinking unbraked at 24" then I would say either 300WSM or 7WSM. I've heard that the .338 NORMA does well in short barrels but dont know. really though, most rounds will do fine with 26" of burn.
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Re: Best short barrel long range calibre?

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if your thinking 26+brake then you have all of the rum's an the big mags. If your thinking unbraked at 24" then I would say either 300WSM or 7WSM. I've heard that the .338 NORMA does well in short barrels but dont know. really though, most rounds will do fine with 26" of burn.
I would disagree with 26" barrels for a RUM size cartridge. The RUMs are better in 28"+ (heck, my 300RUM has a 32" barrel!!)

The 'standard' magnums, like the 300winmag, do well in 26". I do agree that the WSM cartridges would do well in a 26" barrel.
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Re: Best short barrel long range calibre?

The problem with a ton of very slow powder in a short barrel, is that a significant amount of that powder will not burn INSIDE the bore. It just creates a helluva fireball off the muzzle that hurts accuracy like a bad crown.
Does it really make sense to use a short barrel for 'long range hunting of LARGE game'?
Not to me.
The best/extreme example of what I'm talking about is with a barrett light 50. Don't take long with one of these to declare it the worlds most inaccurate LR gun!
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Re: Best short barrel long range calibre?

The 338 Norma Mag seems to do well in a short barrel, most of them are made 26in or less that I've found. http://www.longrangehunting.com/arti...w-3.phphttp://
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Re: Best short barrel long range calibre?

my .338RUM has a 26" barrel plus a 1 3/4" brake and I get between 2750 and 2800 fp swith a 300 grain bullet. yes you can go longer and get more speed, but I feel that 26" is fine... though trebark may be right that a 28-32" would be better.
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Re: Best short barrel long range calibre?

I have a 26 inch 338 rum and I like it more than my edge that was 32 with brake. There is only 75 fps difference between these 2 setups to me it's not worth having the clumbersome super long barrel for such a small return.In fact I believe the shorter barrel is going to promote more accuracy because of less barrel whip.The RUM's do excellent in 26 inch barrels !

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