You can put it out there as far as you want so long as you know your ballistics. 22" in a nice carry rifle barrel. I have a 22" PacNor on my 30.06. Any future 30.06s will have the same length. Mine is a #3 sporter and it's fluted.Well do you have any input on how far I would accurately be able to put it out there with a 22" barrel??!!
Jarrett rifles used to have an article a long time ago where he opined there was no need for anything longer than 27". I remember thinking at the time I read it that it made some sense even though there will always be those who disagree. The longest rifle bbl I have is 28. I won't ever build a rifle with anything longer. In fact I kind of doubt I'll have one over 27 inches.
It is a bit different out here, and I will admit my 338 is for special business. I have packed my 16lb rifle in my Eberlestock pack before many times. Last time was after a wolf and I went up 2 1/2 miles one way. Not that far but we gained 2000 feet of alt. in that distance. At 53 years old I don't care to do it often, but I will when I think it will shine. The extra 15 or 20 lbs. of fat I carry these days bothers me way more than an extra 4 or 5 lbs. of rifle weight that will enhance the long range accuracy of any rifle.There have been very few occasions where I'd be able to set up a 15+ pound rifle not far from the truck and hunt from that spot.
Sorry guys I got pulled away from the convo!! Thanx for all the info! I will be using .308 for targets, steel, paper, ect.. my main concern was would it reach out there accurately with a shorty on it, and I think you answered it!! The answer would be yes, right?