I hope this is in the right section, I have gone back to a 30-06 as my all round, go to rifle, for anything considered "big game", ie pigs, deer, elk, or anything else I may be lucky enough to ever get to hunt. Right now it sports the factory 22" sporter weight barrel. The rifle is an older Savage 110, pre accutrigger, staggard feed, detachable magazine model. Currently has a wood stock that has seen it's better days. I would prefer to keep the det magazine but if forced to I can convert it easily to blind magazine. As mentioned, the barrel is a 22" sporter, and when/if I swap it out, I am wondering/considering the merits of longer, heavier weights. Never thought of fluting a barrel before, but I have to say after seeing the one that Steven Rinella uses on "The Meat Eater" show, they do look cool, plus I figured I could get slightly longer, heavier barrel, fluted for the same weight, right? Would fluting a barrel, say a 24" heavy mag contour or even a varmint weight, get the weight close to the sporter? I live and hunt mostly in CA, but may have the opportunity for elk in other states, like Utah. The country I hunt here, the range could go from 50yds to 300-400, which is my self imposed limit anyway. In an '06 would I see enough advantage of a longer barrel, to make it worth it? Are the 26" barrel REALLY cumbersome in the woods. How much slower does the 26" tube swing? Would a 24" magnum/heavy mag contour, fluted, be a better choice? My 22" tube is delivering groups of 3/4" to 1 1.25" with the Barnes 168gr TTSX, which will be my all round bullet. Opens at 1800fps (according to Barnes) and is accurate. Based on what I read, the 168 monolithic ought to give equal or better on game performance to a lead core 180, so it ought to be heavy enough for elk as well as open easily on deer.. What are your thoughts on this barrel swap?