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Unread 11-15-2009, 12:06 PM
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Hunting barrel contours???

If I were to build a 338 WM for a good all around alaskan hunting rifle should I get a short and fatter barrel or should I get a longer and skinnier barrel considering weights being the same. I was thinking about 22 inches verses 26 inches. I will be shooting the 225 grain Nosler accubond at a mild 2700 FPS or thereabouts. Thanks for the help.
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    Unread 11-15-2009, 12:19 PM
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    Re: Hunting barrel contours???

    also not sure if I want to put a brake on it or not for hunting purposes....
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    Re: Hunting barrel contours???

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    If I were to build a 338 WM for a good all around alaskan hunting rifle should I get a short and fatter barrel or should I get a longer and skinnier barrel considering weights being the same. I was thinking about 22 inches verses 26 inches. I will be shooting the 225 grain Nosler accubond at a mild 2700 FPS or thereabouts. Thanks for the help.
    Sounds like you want something about the size of a #4 or #5 lilja contour.

    Barrel would be heavy enough to keep recoil manageable without a break.

    With out a break= I would cut the barrel to 24" and make in a #5 contour.

    With a break= I would use a 23" #4 contour and the overall length and weight
    would be close to the same.

    With a 22" barrel the 338 WM would give up to much velocity Unless you shot
    heavy bullets and be very loud.

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    Re: Hunting barrel contours???

    If 2700 fps is your goal with 225 grain bullets you could go with a 20" barrel and make it a #5. That would make a nice fast and stout rifle. I have pistol hunters shooting that speed out of 17" barrels, so I don't think you will have a problem.
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