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Is a 24'' barrel too short for long range shooting?

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Unread 01-30-2008, 01:51 AM
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Im about to order a rebarrel job and have been thinking a lott about the lenght of the new barrel and also asked about it on some Swedish gun forums.
Recently there was a test in a Swedish hunting magazine where the conclusion was that a short barreld 300wm (in this case a Browning Bar I belive) was nothing more than a 30-06 on high octane, the gain of the magnum round was considerd to little for the added recoil, muzzle flip and muzzle blast.
A shorter barrel is stiffer but at the same time, I got a magnum rifle just because I wanted it to be a magnum, not a 30-06 on a boost. :-)
Im looking at a Lothar Walther #2200 in 26", 27" or 28" my selfe, 27" seems like a good compromise between speed loss and handines/portability of the rifle.
// Johan
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Unread 01-30-2008, 03:23 PM
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Most reloading books list the 300WM as a 24" barrel.....the 30-06 is not very close to the 300 WM out of a 24". 180gr pills come out of my factory 300WM 24" barrel at close to 3100 fps. Not to discredit the 30-06 but the 300WM in a 24" barrel is better, go to a 22" it might really not matter which round is shot......
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Unread 01-31-2008, 03:45 PM
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I have a 23.5" barrel on my 300wsm now. It shoots accurately, but my next barrel is going to be 28" to get more velocity.
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Unread 01-31-2008, 07:19 PM
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Originally Posted by KQguy View Post
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.
Depending on your distance, a 24" is not going to be that much of a handicap.
I use barrels quite a bit shorter and I am not handicapped accuracy wise.
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Unread 02-01-2008, 04:40 AM
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In the end, length really dosn't matter. Its how you use it that counts !!
With each step in the bush, you are a step closer.
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Unread 02-01-2008, 07:19 AM
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This is the story of my life,"It's too short""
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Unread 02-02-2008, 08:41 AM
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24" is absolutly NOT to short.

I have had numerous LR hunting rigs with 24" barrels used to shoot out to 1200 yards.


all did 1K+ without a problem...

It is all in the powder/bullets/primer you choose.

There is this mindset that you need HUGE case capacity and 34" barrels to hunt LR. Absolutly not true.
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