.308 Barrel length

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  1. jwcrabb

    jwcrabb Well-Known Member

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    Putting together a .308 rifle for Deer hunting mainly out of a stand. Going to use either 155 or 165 bullets and shoot a max of 500 yds. I'm starting with a 26" barrel and want to have it cut off and fluted. I'd like it as short as possible (20-24") and still fit the above parameters. Any suggestions?
     
  2. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    My factory Rem 700 5R barrel is 24" and it's a tack-driver. I used to have a custom Rem Model 7 .308 that had a custom cut 20" barrel on it, and it was a 1000yd gun.
     

  3. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    I like and recomend 20'' to 22'' for 308 based cartriges for deer hunting out of a deer stand.

    You will give up a little velocity but not enough to effect hunting @ 500 yards.

    J E CUSTOM
     
  4. emn83

    emn83 Well-Known Member

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    I went with a 26...so, with your guidelines, I'd go with a 24 inch...I have no problems maneuvering mine around with the longer barrel
     
  5. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    A 24" barrel is fine in a short action and if it is not awkward in a stand you are good to go.

    I normally make short barreled rifles with a little heaver contour and this helps on running targets
    and accuracy. As we all know a long barrel with a heavy contour is muzzle heavy and is not ideal
    for running or follow up shots.

    The 308s,708s,260s, and 243s perform well with short barrels and are very handy. the longest
    .308 barrel I ever used was 28" and the advantage was with Iron Sites (IT gave it a long site
    radius) velocity was not that much better than a 22" barrel (Around 100 ft/sec).

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  6. backwoods83

    backwoods83 Well-Known Member

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    22-24", I've shot and loaded for 16-28" barrels, accuracy isn't effected much with a heavy contour, if its a lighter contour and you go with a 20-22" you may want a break for quick follow ups. With some of the newer powders the long barrels shine with the heavier pills from 185-210. One of my favorite loads is in a 24", a 168grn Nosler BT and it has taken a whitetail doe at 506yrds.