'06 barrel lenght experience

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by texan79, Jan 13, 2012.

  1. texan79

    texan79 Well-Known Member

    Mar 28, 2010
    Looking to plan my next build, and truthfully I wanted a short barreled .308 (hunting gun not tactical) for easy manuevering in cover and in the truck and stand. Problem is, i have a long action to build on, and dont want to waste the available horsepower potential by putting a .308 on it.

    So, anyone have a 22" '06? How does it perform? I realize there will be some loss of ballistic performance by shortening the barrel, but am I going to end up with a .308 that just burns more powder?

  2. 436

    436 Well-Known Member

    Mar 22, 2009
    Yes depending on bullet weight... if you want a short barrel .308 cal just buy a .308 Win. Short .30-06 is just a flash bulbs barrel. They still shoot great, but in there best loads and bullet weight your giving up velocity...
    Good luck
  3. Dalebow

    Dalebow Well-Known Member

    Jun 8, 2011
    plenty of 18.5 " 3006 carbines out there in semi auto and pump action. You wont lose that much with the 3006 with a 22" barrel, many guns like the winchester featherweight come with a 22" barrel. Great though to be able to load the 06 up or down, some will say you can with the 308 but given even 22" barrels the 3006 still out performs the 308. Chop away and enjoy your woods riflegun)
  4. Derek M.

    Derek M. Well-Known Member

    Jul 12, 2004
    I have a 22" pacnor on my .06 and any future .06 will have the same length bbl. It is the perfect length for the .06. No need for longer, and you could do shorter, but then you obviously lose benefit.

    I've noticed a 308 with a 24" tube can get equal velocity or close to a 30.06 with a 22" tube. My Sako 308 has a 24" Obermeyer.

    Stick with 22" on your .06. You'll be glad you did.
  5. runshort

    runshort Well-Known Member

    Feb 24, 2008
    The 22" barrel would be a great choice for what your wanting in my opinion. The last 5 shot group I checked averaged 2713 fps out of a factory Rem 700 with 22" barrel with 180 gr Nosler Accubond. Good load for feral hogs.

    HARPERC Well-Known Member

    Jan 28, 2011
    My 30-06 experience past and present is fine with 22". A 200 grain Accubond can be driven mid to upper 2600's. This will give the minimum 1800 fps Nosler states is necessary for expansion to between 500 & 600 yards. Add a quality scope with a properly calibrated turret, and you've got about as handy as it's going to get for a general duty carry rifle.
  7. el si

    el si Well-Known Member

    Jul 4, 2010
    I get 91fps avg difference between my 24" and 22" 30-06 using the exact same load with H4350. There's not a lot of ballistic advantage there.
  8. 3006savage

    3006savage Well-Known Member

    Jul 16, 2008
    You should only loose around 25FPS per inch with a 06 on average. I have gotten great velocities with RL17 and a 22 inch barrel.

    Keep in mind the volume a 30 calibler bore takes up in a 22 inche long barrel. Now the 06 case is only going to displace approx 60 grains H2O so the pressure should be falling off quite a bit by the time the bullet reaches the muzzle.

    With a 25 -06 I would probably be a different story because the bore is so much smaller.

    A 35 Whelen might actually be running a vaccum by the time the bullet reaches the muzzle:D.
  9. Nomad

    Nomad Banned

    Jul 1, 2007
    The 22" barrels on the 06 are all around great hunting rifles 150-180 gr bullets.
    As posted H4350 and IMR 4350 seem to be some of the best powders for the 06.
    Many new powders on the market as well as bullets withvery high BC.