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Old 01-29-2008, 06:27 AM
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Is a 24'' barrel too short for long range shooting?

I have a Savage 110fp with a 24'' barrel,should I change it out to a 26'' or longer?How much performance am I losing compared to a longer barrel?
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Old 01-29-2008, 07:16 AM
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There are lots of rifles with 22 and 24 inch barrels that seem to do just fine. What cartidge?
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Old 01-29-2008, 07:33 AM
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24" is fine not realy depending on the caliber , I have a 308 with a 20" barrel and it will shoot accurately to 1000yds with the right bullets (175gr Bergers)

Depending on the caliber will make a big differance in what kind of velocity your loose , in a 308 the velocity loss from a 26" to a 22" is only about 50fps where in a 300 win mag it might be 100fps-150fps

Generaly shorter barrels will be more accurate than a long er one due to the short barrel being stiffer and haveing less barrel "whip"
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Old 01-29-2008, 01:43 PM
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Sorry I forgot to mention it's a 300 win. mag.That's interesting,I didn't know a shorter barrel could be more accurate.
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Old 01-29-2008, 09:22 PM
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With the 300 win mag you will only loose about 75 maybe 100 fps depending on your load.
Eight way the velocity loss will be minimal and it'll still be shoting alot faster than the 308 so the balistics will still be their.

I can't thinkof one time that I ever shortened a barrel or knew anybody that had a barrel shortened "PROPERLY" that the gun wasen't more accurate than before , this is for a couple reason , (1) the shorter barrel is stiffer so it viberates a bit less (2) a properly cut barrel will have a better crown cut square to the bore generaly alot better than the factory.

What the reason your wanting a ahorter barrel
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Old 01-29-2008, 10:08 PM
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I am not saying I want a shorter barrel,my gun came with a 24'' barel,and I was concerned it was too short for long range shooting.My barrel seems short compared to some people who have 26-30'' barrels.
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I have a 300 wsm that used to be a .308. Rebarreld with 24" and shoots like a dream with 168gr Bergers at 3100fps across the chrony. ( Of course the bolt had to be redone to accept the wsm case, sako extractor added...etc...) But I like the way it shoots and the little shorter profile. I dont think you will go wrong with a 24.
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