22" vs 24"

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  1. kevinbridges71

    kevinbridges71 New Member

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    Is there a significant advantage of a 24" barrel over a 22" in a .308 WIN?
     
  2. joseph

    joseph Well-Known Member

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    I'm guessing, but probably about 15 fps for each inch.

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  3. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    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
     
  4. joseph

    joseph Well-Known Member

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    J E Custom gave you a very good answer. gun) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

    joseph
     
  5. emn83

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    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
     
  6. kevinbridges71

    kevinbridges71 New Member

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    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.

    Kevin gun)
     
  7. emn83

    emn83 Well-Known Member

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    22 is pretty standard for the caliber, yours will work well for you.
     
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    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.