Ok guys I'm rebarreling my .243 to a faster twist barrel. It's a sako action w/ McMillan hunter stock. The barrel is at the smiths chambered and ready. It's currently 28" but I'd planned on 26" and the Smith asked if he could do some testing to see the affect of 1" of barrel on velocity in a .243. Before he starts cutting away inches I'd like to decide where to stop before it's too late. I'm leaning toward 26" . Barrel is a Krieger 1/8 and I'm planning to shoot 95-105 vld bullets. powder is tbd, I'm open to suggestions. I've got lots of rl 22 and varget but I think there are some others that are better for this caliber. I'd like to hear some opinions on barrel length and I'd like to hear the basis for your opinion. This is a deer/coyote rifle that isn't going backpacking so weight will not be a factor.