This may be a silly question and I considered adding it to the end of my .280 ackley topic to hide it but I thought that just maybe someone else out there could benifit from the answers here too. OK, Here goes. When the people here speak of having a 26" or 28" barrel ar they measuring it in the same way as the gun catalogs measure them. That being the total length of the barrel as if it were unscrewed from the rifle and sitting on the table? Or are they speaking of the length of the bore in front of the chamber? I know the answer is probably overall length but just wanted to be absolutely certain.