Barrel length???

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by BenY 2013, Oct 22, 2011.

  1. 20"

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  2. 24"

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  1. BenY 2013

    BenY 2013 Well-Known Member

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    Ok so I hate to beat a dead horse to death...but I'm gonna do it anyways:D

    So I have been trying to figure out what length barrel to put on my new .308 build 24" or 20". I am almost set on a 20" but was just curious what you guys would do?

    Here is the 20" Tactical Barrel Savage 110 Series Small Shank 308 Winchester Factory Varmint Contour 1 10 Twist 20 Matte 5/8-24 Threaded Muzzle


    Here is the 24" E. R. Shaw Barrel Kit Savage 110 Series Small Shank 308 Winchester Varmint Contour 1 10 Twist 24 SS

    Now I know alot of you guys would probably never buy a cheaper barrel like this but I can't afford to buy a hart, mcgowen or any high dollar barrels....sure wish I could:rolleyes: but this is a budget build!
    So after reading the reviews on the 2 barrels which would you go with? The 20" has better reviews but is just 20" and I do see that I would be losing some velocity with that length. Thanks a bunch!!!
     
  2. moombaskier

    moombaskier Well-Known Member

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    What are you going to use the rifle for? If you are looking for quick in the timber type shooting gun then the 20" makes sense, but if you want to go long with it, the 24" wins hands down.
     

  3. BenY 2013

    BenY 2013 Well-Known Member

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    This gun will never be in the deep woods, mostly open fields! I would go 24" without question but the reviews of the 24" just have me a little scared...just wondering what you guys would do?
     
  4. moombaskier

    moombaskier Well-Known Member

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    The barrels are from the same manufacture and the same caliber. The same person probably cuts all the chambers. They all said the barrels shot good, some didn't care for the chamber finish. I would go with the 24", but before you do, maybe do some more research on who makes them. Try "savageshooters.com", maybe some better ideas over there. Maybe post in equipment decisions or gunsmithing?
     
  5. BenY 2013

    BenY 2013 Well-Known Member

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    Will do thanks!
     
  6. BenY 2013

    BenY 2013 Well-Known Member

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    Ahh the 24" barrel is outta stock....now what to do????
     
  7. moombaskier

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  8. BenY 2013

    BenY 2013 Well-Known Member

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    I found this company, I emailed them to see of they have any in stock thanks!
     
  9. Remmy260

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    What about a 26"? Gun Shack will be doing a ER Shaw group buy on 30 caliber barrels next week. Keep an eye out as they will be $158 for SS Varmint Contour:

    Savage Barrels
     
  10. Trickymissfit

    Trickymissfit Well-Known Member

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    a generic .308 will never use all the barrel a 26" will give you. A 24" yes, but a 22" will be just about as good. I'd go with a #5 contour at 22" long. You'll get a stiffer barrel than the samething in 24" or 26" with less harmonic problems making your groups a little more consistent.

    As for barrels, I'd order in one from Sharp Shooter or Pacnor in .308 National Match and be done with it. They are better barrels than the Shaws and some of the others out there.
    gary
     
  11. BenY 2013

    BenY 2013 Well-Known Member

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    I went ahead and bought the 24" and just the other day shot a group the size of a quarter. I'm certain it is capable of smaller groups though!