Barrel Length question

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by Tikkamike, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. Tikkamike

    Tikkamike Well-Known Member

    Dec 26, 2009
    will a 6.5x284 shooting 140's benefit from a barrel longer than 26"
  2. Greyfox

    Greyfox Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2008
    I think it depends on what benefits your looking for.
    The bench rest and F-Class guys I shoot with like the longer, heavy barrels(up to 30") for weight/high volume shooting. They usually load lower velocities(2850-2900) than the hunters optimizing for top accuracy and barrel life. The hunters can get 2950-3050fps out of a 26" barrel with good accuracy, energy retention, and a more manageable hunting rifle. I am at 2950 fps, and sub .5 MOA out of a 26"barrel. I have a load that gets me to 3040 fps but groups a little bigger. Need to work on it some more.
    Hope this helps.