243 WSSM barrel length

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by caver101, Sep 28, 2004.

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  1. caver101

    caver101 Member

    Sep 28, 2004
    Can not find any data on the difference of using a 16" barrel v/s a 24" barrel in the new 243 WSSM. Do I really need all 24 inches for power burn or to make the bullet stable? Could I get by with a 18 or 20 inch barrel (want a 16)? Trying to make a light hunting rifle to replace my old 243 win. and do a little build project as well. Not a lot of data out there on the 243 WSSM yet, that I can find.

    I am trying to get the shortest barrel I can but not loose the ballistics I want [​IMG]

    Any advice, thoughts.....anything?
  2. johnny k.

    johnny k. Well-Known Member

    Mar 31, 2004
    Check out
    "www.shortmags.org/shortmags/index.html"? Lots of good info on this new family of cartridges. Johnny K.