Barrel Contour-Length Question

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by jab22, Mar 25, 2008.

  1. jab22

    jab22 Active Member

    Oct 1, 2005
    Looking to build a 300wsm using a Kreiger barrel. Plan to include a Holland brake. This gun will be used 95% at a 1000 yd range; however, I want it to be a practical hunting rig, for any type western hunting trip. Was planning to go with a No. 3 contour (should result in about 8 lbs bare rig). Should I consider a heavier barrel and would a 26-inch barrel with the brake be too long? All opinions welcome. Thanks
  2. landcbeitner

    landcbeitner Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    You may consider fluted barrels as well. 26" is a good length, but the WSM's can give good performance with shorter barrels as well (compared to other cartridges wich often loose substantial amounts of velocity when barrels aren't fairly long).