How Long A Barrel?

Discussion in 'The Basics, Starting Out' started by Nitroman, Jan 20, 2012.

  1. Nitroman

    Nitroman Well-Known Member

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    Last week I mailed a Mod 700 .300 Rum barreled action to Greg Tannel for a complete rework. I had also ordered a Kreiger 1:10 barrel No. 17 heavy varmint 1.250" to 0.900" 31" long from Bruno's to be shipped directly to Tannel. I know the barreled action is there, so I assume the barrel is too as Bruno's is much closer than Alaska.

    I have a C&R license, and have a few 29" barreled Mausers, a Gew and Persian. They really do not seem long to me, once you've carried one for a few hours, you just get used to the overall length and take it into account when moving about.

    So what does eveyone think about leaving this Kreiger at 31" or should I have it trimmed to 28"? Three inches isn't much really, with the muzzle now 0.900", trimming it back would put it at maybe 0.925"?

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. DirtyOldTrix3006

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    Hello Nitroman;
    If you don't mind carting the weight then 31 inches is great for the 300RUM.
    Is he cutting the chamber and setting the lands for a certain distance?
     

  3. Nitroman

    Nitroman Well-Known Member

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    Yes he'll be installing the barrel. I included three dummy cartridges so he can cut the chamber to length. I asked for a 0.338" neck, so I'll trim 0.336"; enough to trim off the highs but not so much the neck gets too thin. Minimum chamber to keep things tight. Really looking forward to it. Will top it with a 5.5x22 Nightforce; not yet decided on the HVM or N-PRR1. Jewel trigger.
     
  4. KRP

    KRP Well-Known Member

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    Have it finished as long as possible...you can always cut it off later if you don't like it but you can't make it longer. With a 7+ pound barrel it doesn't seem that weight is a concern so 3" will be insignificant.
     
  5. Rizla

    Rizla Active Member

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    I agree, go for the 31". My only issue with long barrels is the extra flex you get which could result is decreased accuracy. For my custom I'm looking at using a barrel block. It allows you to have a long barrel without the unwanted flex. Although it adds a bit of weight and can sometimes look a bit odd

    Here's an extreme example Barrel Block on Savage-Action F-TR Rig within AccurateShooter.com

    This guy made a much better looking one Rifle Stock Bible
     
  6. strombeckj

    strombeckj Well-Known Member

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    Have you asked Greg, he is very well respected and makes one heck of a rifle. I would go with what ever Greg suggests. I don't think you would get that much difference in FPS in a 31" over 28".

    I would choose balance of the rifle over a few FPS any day.

    Jon
     
  7. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    Well I like long barrels and I dont think I will ever go longer than a 28" barrel thats alot of weight to hang off a rem 700 shank. I know guys go longer on the bigger stuff with rem700s but it would just be to much for me to haual around.