308 Twist For Hunting Rifle?

Tejas1836

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Building up a new hunting/carry around rifle and I am going back and forth on barrel twist. Looking at a Bartlein #3 that will be finished at 22". I will never shoot any bullet heavier than 165-168 gr and I have no desire to use this rifle as a long range plinker. I keep getting the advice to go ahead with a 1 in 10 twist barrel because "it will shoot anything" but I truly want the most accurate barrel for hunting bullets in the 150-165 range only. Seems like a 1 in 12 or 1 in 11.25 would suit my purposes better. Opinions?
 

MudRunner2005

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If you are 110% positive that you will never shoot anything heavier than a 185gr bullet, then an 11.25" twist will be just fine.
 

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For your bullet choice a 1-12 twist would be optimum, but the other two mentioned will work well too. My Dad has been shooting .308s for over 30 years and he has always shot a 1-12 with a 168gr bullet. When Dad was on the Army shooting team, they shot 168s in their M1As with 1-12 twists because that's what they found stabilized that bullet the best. It worked better than a 1-10 and an 1-11.25 in their rifles that had 22" barrels like you have. My cousin's Remington 700 ADL .308 had a 1-10 twist and shot 168s like a dream as well, so really I think any of these twists will work for your purposes.
 

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If all you know that you will do with the rifle is hunt deer with up to 168 gr. Then the 1/11" twist would no doubt be your best bet. But, with quality built bullets, the faster twist shouldn't be a problem.
 

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The only advantage of a slow twist is... No advantage.
:D Agreed, I just don't see a reason to run anything but a 10 twist .30 cal. Alot of people say a slower twist is better for the lighter bullets.(150-168 grn.) my 30-06 1-10 will put 165's in one hole. And my buddy's 10 twist Savage .308 will do the same with 168 SMK.
 

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