Hunting barrel contours???

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by jcvibby, Nov 15, 2009.

  1. jcvibby

    jcvibby Non-Profit Sponsor

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    If I were to build a 338 WM for a good all around alaskan hunting rifle should I get a short and fatter barrel or should I get a longer and skinnier barrel considering weights being the same. I was thinking about 22 inches verses 26 inches. I will be shooting the 225 grain Nosler accubond at a mild 2700 FPS or thereabouts. Thanks for the help.
     
  2. jcvibby

    jcvibby Non-Profit Sponsor

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    also not sure if I want to put a brake on it or not for hunting purposes....
     

  3. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like you want something about the size of a #4 or #5 lilja contour.

    Barrel would be heavy enough to keep recoil manageable without a break.

    With out a break= I would cut the barrel to 24" and make in a #5 contour.

    With a break= I would use a 23" #4 contour and the overall length and weight
    would be close to the same.

    With a 22" barrel the 338 WM would give up to much velocity Unless you shot
    heavy bullets and be very loud.

    J E CUSTOM
     
  4. Coyboy

    Coyboy Well-Known Member

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    If 2700 fps is your goal with 225 grain bullets you could go with a 20" barrel and make it a #5. That would make a nice fast and stout rifle. I have pistol hunters shooting that speed out of 17" barrels, so I don't think you will have a problem.