Short barrel shank?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by wilkup, Jul 11, 2018.

  1. wilkup

    wilkup Well-Known Member

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    How short would be considered too short to cut a barrel shank down? I'm guessing it depends on what chamber is being reamed - let's say SAUM/WSM.
    I'm trying to shed weight wherever possible, and a shorter shank would significantly lighten my barrel.
     
  2. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    My personal preference in shank length is to be at least the case body long, so the cartridge body is well supported and I start the transition to barrel contour at the body shoulder length. This also includes the barrel Thread Tenon inside the action. So if you have a cartridge that has a body length of 2'', that will be the minimum total shank used ( This is from the breach end of the barrel to the transition to the barrel contour before threading and chambering begins)

    This is just a rule of thumb and is not written in stone.

    J E CUSTOM
     
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  3. wilkup

    wilkup Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like sound advice, sir. Thank you.