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Offline 21B Survivor

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Hunting Rifle
« on: April 07, 2010, 11:21:07 AM »
Quick question for everyone.

how much of a difference, on a .308, does the barrel length make?

I'm looking at a 22 inch or a 26 inch for an additional $200, is it worth it? 

Offline Uncle Bob (he ain’t right)

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Re: Hunting Rifle
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2010, 11:32:35 AM »
If the 26" is a bull barrel, you will not want to hike with it.
I have one and it's heavy

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Re: Hunting Rifle
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2010, 08:37:08 PM »
Depends. If you will be using factory ammunition, a 22" barrel will burn all of the powder.  A rifle barrel is a cantilevered beam and as such they sag. Shorter barrels are stiffer and vibrate less.

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Re: Hunting Rifle
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2010, 10:25:16 PM »
From experience, don't get the 26" as a hunting rifle.  They are terrible to carry, and depending on range the extra barrel won't help you till you get way out there.

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Re: Hunting Rifle
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2010, 07:21:56 AM »
With the .308 I really am not looking at taking game at more than 200 meters and only in a SHTF scenario would I even try taking something at a longer distance.

From the research I have done and what I read on the forum a 22" barrel should be fine for run of the mill hunting, unless I am really trying to reach out and touch something.

Thanks guys.   

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Re: Hunting Rifle
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2010, 08:26:09 AM »
I had a 700 with a standard barrel and at 100 it shot great.  For what ever reason it would send flyers at least 1 out of 10, most of the time 1 out of 5.  I got rid of that one because of it.  I would've trusted it for hunting any time, but I wanted a bench rifle.

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Re: Hunting Rifle
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2010, 05:33:58 PM »
Any quality gun will shoot 1 MOA (1 inch group at 100 yards), so the rest is up to the shooter and the ammunition. Anything past 600-700 meters is when barrel length starts to matter at all. But at that range with .308 your pushing the limits, or past the limits in my opinion, of humanely killing your prey.

When thinking about barrel length its easy to get carried away. Just keep in mind that Marines in basic training, who may have never fired a gun before, are expected to hit a man sized target at 500 meters with a .223 from a 14.5 inch barreled semi-auto.

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Re: Hunting Rifle
« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2010, 12:56:16 AM »
I agree with Mike, most rifles are more accurate than most shooters.
Spend the extra $$ on ammo and become one with with the gun.
I've shot competition with the army rifle team.....we started with our arms-room m-16s and the went to match grade Garands, all with peep sights.

It's not about the weapon..................... it's all about you.

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Re: Hunting Rifle
« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2010, 02:00:16 PM »
With the 308 you will get 25fps or less with each additional inch of barrel length. Going from the standard 22 inch barrel to a 26 inch barrel will give you at most 100 fps increased muzzle velocity. Not really much to write home about is it? I doubt if any game you shot would know the difference.

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Re: Hunting Rifle
« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2010, 02:10:46 PM »
My Rem 700 has a 20" bbl... it in no way makes me feel less of a man. I know in WV I would not want to try and swing that 26" around in the close woods we have here.

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Re: Hunting Rifle
« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2010, 09:19:12 AM »
most shooters wont notice a difference on the 2 different barrel lengths