Help! 280 AI Barrel Length

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by stanley52, Jul 9, 2013.

  1. stanley52

    stanley52 Well-Known Member

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    I am having a 280 AI built with a blueprinted 700 LA, and either a Krieger or Bartlein MTU M24/M40 or something along those lines of barrel thickness with a manner MCS-T2A stock, and Timney trigger.

    My question is what barrel length should I go with. I am inexperienced with the 280 AI, but I have heard great things and I am pretty much set on it. I was thinking a 26" finish with a score-hi tactical muzzle break, but I would enjoy others' opinions. Thanks
     
  2. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    When I build mine it will have the same basic barrel as yours (M24 / Mil contour) 26" finished length, 11* recessed match crown, etc... Except I won't be putting a brake on mine. But that's just personal preference.

    I think 26" is the best all-around barrel length. 24" for a .308 Win, and 26" for all long-action calibers, regardless of contour.

    That's just my opinion on things...Doesn't make it right or wrong. :cool:
     

  3. azsugarbear

    azsugarbear Well-Known Member

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    A lot depends on the type of rifle you want to carry. The Manners MCS-T2A is a great stock, albeit on the heavy side (4 lbs) for a hunting rig. If weight is going to be a concern, you could save a little by going with a 24" barrel. For me, a 26" barrel would be the optimal length, but then everything is a trade-off. Either way, it should be a great rig.
     
  4. Edd

    Edd Well-Known Member

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    If you should decide on a 28" barrel, I have something that might interest you.
     
  5. stanley52

    stanley52 Well-Known Member

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    Edd, it is not letting me PM you from my phone, but I am interested in what you may have to offer. If you would email me at cordstanley@gus.pittstate.edu or send a PM here and I will reply later, that would be great.
     
  6. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    What you got Edd?