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Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by kevinbridges71, Oct 4, 2012.
Is there a significant advantage of a 24" barrel over a 22" in a .308 WIN?
I'm guessing, but probably about 15 fps for each inch.
The 308 was designed for 20'' barrels and although they will gain velocity with a longer barrel
it will not be very much.
If you go to a 24 or 26'' barrel you will gain maybe 50 ft/sec over a 22'' barrel.
The use is more important. for hunting, 22'' to 24'' is perfict. For targets where you want all
the velocity possible and dont have to carry it a 27'' or 28 is ideal. Also with iron sites the 28''
barrel gives you a better sight radus.
My preference on 308 based cartriges for hunting is 22' or 23'' barrels. With a short action these
rifles are handy and give up very little velocity plus being shorter the barrel is stiffer and seems
to be more accurate.
J E CUSTOM
J E Custom gave you a very good answer. gun) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Ditto this. J E Custom gave very good advice.
that being said, I went with a 26, because my rifle has to fill the role of competition and hunting, so I too what compromise I could, and went with a heavy sport we, as opposed to a heavier barrel
Thank you - J E Custom.
I have a 308 with 22" barrel on order. After I placed the order, I discovered that there was a 24" available. I was second guessing myself, knowing that a longer barrel equals a faster, and therefore, straighter shot. I feel much better now and anxiously await my new rifle.
22 is pretty standard for the caliber, yours will work well for you.
I went with a 20" barrel in mine because of the type of hunting we do in south Texas. We hunt almost exclusively in a box blind or pop up blind over a food plot. My 24" & 26 " barrels were always hitting the top or side of the blind when I would pick the rifle up for a shot. The shorter stiffer barrel has been very accurate for me and the loss of a few feet per second due to a shorter barrel hasn't been an issue.