My big question is how much velocity is lost by going with a little shorter barrel. I strongly believe the fact that out of two barrels of the same diameter, but having a two inch difference in length will result in the shorter barrel being more accurate (in theory) because of more barrel stiffness and less vibration.. So if 2" less barrel isn't robbing too much velocity then why not? I've currently got a rem 700 VLS .22-250 26" barrel. Wanna rebarrel with a 24" kreiger fluted and chambered in .22-250 AI and shoot the new 53gr. VMAX. Obviously the Ackley is faster. I'm looking to make this varminter a bit more handy and lighter in weight. Lets hear some good input from the guys who know what they are talking about.