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shorten barrel risks vs. reward?

i own a remington 700p in 308win, it has the 24" bbl, but i find it ungainly and awkward to handle in the field, i've spoken to a gunsmith about cutting it back to 19" i think that would make it easier to get in and out of my truck and into hides, i realize i'll lose velocity (have heard anywhere from 20fps -75fps per inch) the maximum range i shoot at game (coyotes) is 600 yds usually no more than 400yds. my question is will the shortened barrel potentially affect my accuracy, i've heard a shorter barrel is stiffer thus less whip and possibly more accurate, any prespective would help thanks

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    Re: shorten barrel risks vs. reward?

    IMO velocity will be the only thing lost. Shorter barrels generally are stiffer and more accurate I think you will be fine at that length. Velocity isn't everything so long as you hit where you aim.

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    Re: shorten barrel risks vs. reward?

    Go for it. The 700P was also offered in a 20," and offers better accuracy IMHO.
    With the .308's short powder column what you lose in velocity won't bother you out to <600yds.
    You may have to switch powders to optimize the shorter barrel, but it's relatively easy to do.
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    Re: shorten barrel risks vs. reward?

    Compare a REM 660 length to the M700. Accuracy in the 660 Mohawk series in 308 has been excellent with all the qualities that you are seeking. Good Luck
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    Re: shorten barrel risks vs. reward?

    I think you'll be fine. Yes you'll loose some velocity...not a big deal... and whip...if anything less. Let us know how it works for you.
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    Re: shorten barrel risks vs. reward?

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    i own a remington 700p in 308win, it has the 24" bbl, but i find it ungainly and awkward to handle in the field, i've spoken to a gunsmith about cutting it back to 19" i think that would make it easier to get in and out of my truck and into hides, i realize i'll lose velocity (have heard anywhere from 20fps -75fps per inch) the maximum range i shoot at game (coyotes) is 600 yds usually no more than 400yds. my question is will the shortened barrel potentially affect my accuracy, i've heard a shorter barrel is stiffer thus less whip and possibly more accurate, any prespective would help thanks

    I wouldn't shorten without hesitation, for your uses.
    I use barrels shorter than that with great results,and many times the powder capacity is quite a bit more than the 308 Win family.
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