Originally Posted by jcvibby
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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