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Old 02-26-2005, 05:37 PM
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Optimum Barrel length for .223 varmit rifle

I am thinking about buying a .223 for some varmit sniping and i was wondering what length barrel will give the highest velocities.

I was also wondering if there is anyone here using the .240 weatherby rocket...if so what do you think of it.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 02-26-2005, 08:04 PM
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Re: Optimum Barrel length for .223 varmit rifle

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I have a 22" and 16" barreled .223. Velocity of the same 55gr. load runs about 250fps slower in the 16". Personally I don't see a need to go longer than 22", unless you want to shoot heavier bullets. Than I would go to
24". If you need more move up to a 26" 22-250.

I like my V-match with the 16" tube what it lacks in velocity it makes up for elsware. It is fast handelling, very accurate, and I have alot of confidence with this weapon. This winter it accounted for 8 coyotes over 200yrds, two of them over 350.

The .223 is an easy cartrige to load for, easy on powder, and deadly on varmits. I'm sure you will be happy with one.
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Old 02-26-2005, 11:18 PM
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Re: Optimum Barrel length for .223 varmit rifle

Thanks cowboy, the reason that i don't want to get a .22/250 is that where i hunt there are houses sorta close by that complain about the loud report of .22/250's and as supressors are illegal here i figured that a .223 would have to do.
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Old 03-16-2005, 10:28 AM
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Re: Optimum Barrel length for .223 varmit rifle

for me i like shorter barrels for the featherweight. it is a lot lighter, but the only reason is that i am usally on long walks other then that it is a personal opinion. i like the barrels from 16 to 18''. if i was goning to do more bench shooting or prarie dogging i would get an 26 or a 28 in a heavy bull barrel.
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Old 03-16-2005, 12:06 PM
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Re: Optimum Barrel length for .223 varmit rifle

I have a friend who has a 220 WBY rocket and loves it!
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Old 03-17-2005, 12:03 AM
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Re: Optimum Barrel length for .223 varmit rifle

Immortal. It seems that only one seems to have read your question. I don't know the answer to either of your questions but while reading the responses it was like they were answering a different question.

I don't mean to agitate anyone and it was nice that you guys took time to answer but only snipers answer answers one of the questions as it was asked.

Guys lets try it again for our friend down under.

What length barrel will give the highest velocities (in a .223)

What do you think of the .240 Wby Rocket.






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Old 03-17-2005, 09:15 PM
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Re: Optimum Barrel length for .223 varmit rifle

A 240 Wby Rocket? or a 220 Wby Rocket, or a 240 Wby or a 22-240 Wby? Do you have the question right? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]
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