223 barrel length

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by timl, Jul 26, 2008.

  1. timl

    timl Well-Known Member

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    What do you guys consider optimum barrel length for a 223? I'll be shooting factory ammo, 55 or 69 grain depending on what it likes. I'll mainly be using it on groundhogs out to 400 yds, maybe fox and turkeys. It's currently 26", but I like a shorter/handier rifle. Any thoughts?
     
  2. Longshot38

    Longshot38 Well-Known Member

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    18 inches is ample plenty for 223. It is a round without much case capacity and it generally uses fast burning powder.
     

  3. James Jones

    James Jones Well-Known Member

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    Yea I would say 18" , you will probably lose 100-200fps max between that and 26" with factory ammo.

    I lose right at 250fps shooting Black Hills loaded 50gr V-max's out of a 11.5" AR compaired to a 25" Encore barrel
     
  4. acloco

    acloco Well-Known Member

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    22 to 23 if using heavier bullets (55 gr & up).

    H4895 and Benchmark will be your new friends. :)
     
  5. shooterpunk2

    shooterpunk2 Well-Known Member

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    I use a 20 inch RRA with 69 smk's and really like it.