Opinions on barrel length please

huntoregon

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I have a little money burning a hole in my pocket and I want to re-barrel a rifle. The rifle is a Vanguard 2 300 Win. I have already set my mind on keeping the 300wm and having Bartlein make me a 5R 1:10 twist barrel but I cant decide on length.

1st option is 26"
2nd is 24" with a muzzle brake
3rd is 24" no brake-don't really see this happening

I will be hunting in Oregon and Idaho, lots of walking and hiking. I am pretty new to all this so I would love opinions. I have never modified a hunting rifle so I don't know the pros or cons to situations you guys might have.
 

Edd

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My Opinion is......

If I was building a 300Win Mag, I would use a 24" long barrel with a 9" twist.
 

huntoregon

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I think 30" with a brake would be a little too much to be packing around. I don't even like the idea of a 26" with a brake.
 

TonyQ

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With a 24" barrel and a 180gr bullet you maxing out around 650yrds for elk. With a 30" and 215gr you with good till 1050yrds at 5000ft alt. I going to up grade my barrel also I have a 26" with a brake and no problem packing anywhere. I wil be getting a 30" with a brake for my Weatherby I should be pushing 230 bergers 3100fps.
 

ohiohunter

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If weight and handling are of no issue I would go 26"+, if you want to save a little weight and hit less limbs while shouldered 24".

I am currently building a 24 maybe 25" 300wm myself. I plan to shoot 215s.
 

huntoregon

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I have been shooting junk factory ammo 180grn bullets. After reading this forum I need to get into reloading with some good bullets. Powder is near impossible to buy around me though.
 
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