Is a 24'' barrel too short for long range shooting?

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  1. KQguy

    KQguy Well-Known Member

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    I have a Savage 110fp with a 24'' barrel,should I change it out to a 26'' or longer?How much performance am I losing compared to a longer barrel?
     
  2. britz

    britz Well-Known Member

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    There are lots of rifles with 22 and 24 inch barrels that seem to do just fine. What cartidge?
     

  3. James Jones

    James Jones Well-Known Member

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    24" is fine not realy depending on the caliber , I have a 308 with a 20" barrel and it will shoot accurately to 1000yds with the right bullets (175gr Bergers)

    Depending on the caliber will make a big differance in what kind of velocity your loose , in a 308 the velocity loss from a 26" to a 22" is only about 50fps where in a 300 win mag it might be 100fps-150fps

    Generaly shorter barrels will be more accurate than a long er one due to the short barrel being stiffer and haveing less barrel "whip"
     
  4. KQguy

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    Sorry I forgot to mention it's a 300 win. mag.That's interesting,I didn't know a shorter barrel could be more accurate.
     
  5. James Jones

    James Jones Well-Known Member

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    With the 300 win mag you will only loose about 75 maybe 100 fps depending on your load.
    Eight way the velocity loss will be minimal and it'll still be shoting alot faster than the 308 so the balistics will still be their.

    I can't thinkof one time that I ever shortened a barrel or knew anybody that had a barrel shortened "PROPERLY" that the gun wasen't more accurate than before , this is for a couple reason , (1) the shorter barrel is stiffer so it viberates a bit less (2) a properly cut barrel will have a better crown cut square to the bore generaly alot better than the factory.

    What the reason your wanting a ahorter barrel
     
  6. KQguy

    KQguy Well-Known Member

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    I am not saying I want a shorter barrel,my gun came with a 24'' barel,and I was concerned it was too short for long range shooting.My barrel seems short compared to some people who have 26-30'' barrels.
     
  7. kolt1

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    I have a 300 wsm that used to be a .308. Rebarreld with 24" and shoots like a dream with 168gr Bergers at 3100fps across the chrony. ( Of course the bolt had to be redone to accept the wsm case, sako extractor added...etc...) But I like the way it shoots and the little shorter profile. I dont think you will go wrong with a 24.
     
  8. Diezel

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    Im about to order a rebarrel job and have been thinking a lott about the lenght of the new barrel and also asked about it on some Swedish gun forums.
    Recently there was a test in a Swedish hunting magazine where the conclusion was that a short barreld 300wm (in this case a Browning Bar I belive) was nothing more than a 30-06 on high octane, the gain of the magnum round was considerd to little for the added recoil, muzzle flip and muzzle blast.
    A shorter barrel is stiffer but at the same time, I got a magnum rifle just because I wanted it to be a magnum, not a 30-06 on a boost. :)
    Im looking at a Lothar Walther #2200 in 26", 27" or 28" my selfe, 27" seems like a good compromise between speed loss and handines/portability of the rifle.
     
  9. DONTSTROKEME

    DONTSTROKEME Well-Known Member

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    Most reloading books list the 300WM as a 24" barrel.....the 30-06 is not very close to the 300 WM out of a 24". 180gr pills come out of my factory 300WM 24" barrel at close to 3100 fps. Not to discredit the 30-06 but the 300WM in a 24" barrel is better, go to a 22" it might really not matter which round is shot......
     
  10. diderr

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    I have a 23.5" barrel on my 300wsm now. It shoots accurately, but my next barrel is going to be 28" to get more velocity.
     
  11. Ernie

    Ernie SPONSOR

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    Depending on your distance, a 24" is not going to be that much of a handicap.
    I use barrels quite a bit shorter and I am not handicapped accuracy wise.
     
  12. Down Under Hunter

    Down Under Hunter Well-Known Member

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    In the end, length really dosn't matter. Its how you use it that counts !!
     
  13. KQguy

    KQguy Well-Known Member

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    This is the story of my life,"It's too short"":D
     
  14. Weda

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    24" is absolutly NOT to short.

    I have had numerous LR hunting rigs with 24" barrels used to shoot out to 1200 yards.

    300wsm
    7wsm
    260

    all did 1K+ without a problem...

    It is all in the powder/bullets/primer you choose.

    There is this mindset that you need HUGE case capacity and 34" barrels to hunt LR. Absolutly not true.