Does savage muzzle break count in length of barrel?

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by win270wsm, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. win270wsm

    win270wsm Well-Known Member

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    I am looking a buying a new rifle and am looking at the savage rifles. I like the model 16 FHSAK in 300wsm. However it says it only has a 24" barrel which is fine with me if the break is not included but if it is that makes the rifle more like a 22 in barrel which is way to short for my liking. I dont want anything less then 24 plus break. Does anyone know how they measure their barrels with breaks?
     
  2. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    The way the ATF measures barrel length is to close the bolt (With no round in the chamber)
    Insert a cleaning rod (Very Carefully) in the muzzle and mark the rod at the muzzle end.

    Then subtract the length of the break to the holes or ports closest to the barrel (Normally there is about 1/2 to 3/4'' of barrel in the break.

    Example : If The break is 2'' long and the overall length at the end of the muzzle break to
    the bolt face is 28" the barrel will be around 26.5'' long.

    On some breaks you can see the end of the barrel through the ports or just un-screw the break
    and measure to the crown for actual barrel length.

    J E CUSTOM
     

  3. eaglesnester

    eaglesnester Well-Known Member

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    Be careful, Browning includes the length of the brake in overall barrel length. So if the brake is 2 inches and actual barrel is 24 inches they say the barrel is 26 inches. A no no as far as I am concerned.
     
  4. ogreshooter

    ogreshooter Well-Known Member

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    Savage includes the break in the length of the barrel.

    More important question, can the break be removed and replaced with a better break?
     
  5. win270wsm

    win270wsm Well-Known Member

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    thanks for the help. I think i may go with the model long range hunter now since barrel is 2in longer.