What's your rifle barrel length of choice?

What's your rifle barrel length of choice?

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    Votes: 77 34.4%
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    Votes: 46 20.5%
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    Votes: 48 21.4%
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North Idaho Hunter

Well-Known Member
Nov 14, 2013
Just like the title states - what is your preferred barrel length of choice? Whether its punching paper or taking game, feel free to discuss what you prefer!

No wrong answers here fellas, it's fun to see/hear what others like to use.
Nominally 24" is a good length and is also a decent sight length for iron sights But it depends on the chambering & use.

For most chamberings, most rounds gain little or nothing from going longer than 24". However a large caliber, large capacity round (eg 458 Win Mag, 375 H&H) uses slower burning powder and can benefit from a longer barrel so a 26" barrel is preferred. Alternatively for lighter rounds (eg rimfire, pistol calibers in a rifle) a 22" barrel works fine.

Then the choice is modified per intended usage, A brush gun would certainly be fine in a shorter length for ease of handling & shorter shots. And for a rifle intended for long difficult hikes I'd consider compromising with a shorter barrel though I'd do everything else to reduce weight first.

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