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Barrel Compromise: Weight Vs. Practicality By Bryan Chatwell

 
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Old 05-13-2012, 10:33 AM
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Re: Barrel Compromise: Weight Vs. Practicality By Bryan Chatwell

i have a 22 inch on my 338 and getting 1/2 at 300yrds rifle fully loaded scope and ammo 6 1/2 lbs
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Re: Barrel Compromise: Weight Vs. Practicality By Bryan Chatwell

Have read this article numerous times. For a big game hunting 7mm RM I was thinking of going with a LP contour at 28" long. Since reading this, I understand the LP contour is based on a 30" barrel. Seems too long for a hunting rifle that will get used now and then in forested conditions. Anyone used an LP contour shorter than 30" versus a Shilen #5 for example? Probably too close to matter.
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Re: Barrel Compromise: Weight Vs. Practicality By Bryan Chatwell

That is a good question weight Vs. Practicality. I Just Re-Barreled My 7 WSM for Long range hunting. I installed a Bartlein Medium Palma # 11. The twist is 1-9 , #Groves is a 5R. I had it cut to a 26 inch and added a 2 inch badger thruster brake for a total of 28 inches. With or without a brake 28 inches is as long as I go with my hunting rifles. It shoots very tight at 1000 yrds. Their are many great barrels out their and some people prefer long barrels but more often than not I get them snagged or banged around to much.

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Re: Barrel Compromise: Weight Vs. Practicality By Bryan Chatwell

Rus, what action, stock, and scope are you using to get to 6.5 lbs ?
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Re: Barrel Compromise: Weight Vs. Practicality By Bryan Chatwell

Hmm 6.5 pounds is a tough weight to end up with when all is said and done. I was able to be just under 10 with my 7 WSM. With a high end scope for long range accuracy, a decent barrel for stability and full magazine with possibly a bipod. It will be tough to be lighter than 8 or 9 pounds
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Re: Barrel Compromise: Weight Vs. Practicality By Bryan Chatwell

I guess my take away is that a 26" to 28" barrel that weights 4.5 to 5 lbs is the trade off range of accuracy and weight. It's not so much the contour that provides the accuracy, i.e. Palma versus taper
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Re: Barrel Compromise: Weight Vs. Practicality By Bryan Chatwell

I used to think that a longer barrel length made a major difference with accuracy at long range. I have been a competitive long range shooter for the past five years when I am not long range hunting. Most of the top long range competitive shooters in our club do not have barrels longer than 26 inches.

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