That is very true, I'm setting mine up more strictly for a hunting rifle though since I have a heavier 7mag with a 26" barrel. 25" would be unique but I may as well go 24" since it will be noticeably shorter. My muzzle diameter will be .700. I'm gonna put my 4.5-14 A.O. CDS Leupold on it. Another question I keep thinking of is weight? I was thinking 8-8.5 with a 24". Not sure though, this rifle will harvest many of deer in eastern Oregon. I use a model 70 featherweight in .257 Roberts and love it. This will just be a range extender. I used an A-bolt 270 wsm for a while, I guess this is basically the replacement for my long range deer whackmaster.