26" vs 28" in a 300WSM



I was wondering if any of you guys have experimented with differant barrel lengths in the 300WSM. Just wondering if the little extra length will make a big differance.
I'm planning to ge a 1-12 twist from Pac-nor and was wnationg to get the most bang for my buck , the 28" is the same price as the 26" jst wondering if the little extra length is worth having
I plan to shoot 175gr bullets and would like to get the most speed as accuratly possible.


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Jun 14, 2002
You have to ask yourself what you plan on using the rifle for. If you are going to be carrying it a lot then the shorter barrel is what you would want. If you are like me where the rifle is shot from a rest and weight is not an issue go with the longer tube. The extra 2" should give you about 50-60 fps more.

Frank D


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Dec 2, 2003
I would go for the extra 2" if there is not cost difference. Is 2" that big of deal on the hoof? I seriously doubt it. My long range hunting rig weighs 11lbs and it's usually the first one I grab.
Nov 3, 2003
I've got a Tikka SS Syn T3 in 300wsm it's a 11 twist 24 3/8 inch barrel, shoots 165 gr HPBT's into 2inch groups @300yds. Just got it for xmas,have'nt had much chance to do more with it. I'm just a 600yd shooter and would like to try the 175gr HPBT's with that 500 BC.

My only other rifle for longer range is a model 7 Rem in 300saum and took a bull elk at 575yds this past fall with 165gr loads.

Can tell that the 300wsm out runs the 300saum and then some. Outlaw

[ 01-05-2004: Message edited by: Outlaw from Idaho ]


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Jun 12, 2001
Palmer, Alaska
I would get the 28", you can't add steel later, you can cut it off and recrown for little $$ if you like. Get an 11 twist if you'd ever like to shoot the 210gr Berger or 210gr JLK. Look at the wind drift on a 175gr vs. 210gr VLD's. 11 twist shoots the 175 fine, but not the other way around. The 3 groove Pac-Nor barrel my Dad has in 338 WSM cleans up real well also.

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