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The effects of barrel length on long range shooting

Thread in 'Firearms Chat' started by REDX, Jun 28, 2017.

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    I'm a big fan of sub 20" bolt guns. I rarely shoot over 700yds, so the added velocity from a longer barrel is useless for me. My dream gun is a big bore (.338) version of the XM-3 with an Allen Engineering can.
     
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    that would be a sweet setup.
     
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    good read. I bought a 308 AR last year and went with a 16" barrel (PWS Mk216). I wanted something easy to move around with, lighter weight (compared to 20" barrels) and still accurate enough. I upgraded to a Bartlein barrel and SD-E trigger. Just got optics for it and should get it out sometime in the next month or so to see what it'll do. Lots of folks asked about going with the 16" but I figured I should be able to reach 1k with it, and with handloads, I can choose some powder that might be better in a shorter barrel rifle compared to some of the traditional powders. Will have to see if my thoughts are right but your article was about what I had expected, losing about 100fps from a 20" to a 16" but having something much more agile.
     
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    the 16.5" above is shooting factory gorilla at 2570 FPS
     
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    I've run plenty of 16"-20" .308's to 1,000yds plus; bolt guns and gas guns. Every class I run I have more than 1 student running barrels of 20" or less to 1,000yds easily.
     
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