20 inch or 26 inch barrel

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    20 inch or 26 inch barrel

    im looking at getting a remington 700 308 maybe the one from here, but i want to know what barrle length to go with the 20 or 26, i want to take the rifle out as far as i can im trying to get out to 800 to 1000 yards in input on what to go with would be great, and also how about the howa rifle if any input on that one thanks

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    Billy first welcome and good work on going with Mel for your rifle. He makes nice kit.

    I have a 20" barreled rifle and while it shoots superb, it really does shoot nice, I want a 24" barrel to get the most outa my rounds at long range as I want to push the 308 to 1200m.

    You can shoot out to 1000yds with a 308, ive gone to 901m which is 13m shy of 1000yds but I needed more elevation that my scope had at the time and now I've got a NF I dont have that issue, but I still wnat that extra velocity.

    Simply put, if you wnat to shoot out to 600mts and thats it, grab the 20" as it will be more then fine, if you wnat to go out to 1000 and push the round, grab the 26" as you will truly gte the most from your round.

    Just MHO and hope it helps some.
    Shaun aka "Quick"
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    Get the 26er, if weights a concern hit the gym :lol:

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    26. The guys running short talk about "hitting", shoot plates or don't know group sizes. You can do it, it does work but unless you are pushing loads HARD the odds are you have given away accuracy.
    The extra velocity gives you more load options, keeps you away from being subsonic (even transonic has an effect) and is an easier ride to get accuracy. OTOH, if you are just shooting plates or will not often go to 1k then you might not notice what you are giving up.

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    I say twenty.

    I've had a SPSV and a 5R. The SPSV at twenty six was really long. I couldn't imagine doing anything but going tot he range with it. The 5R at twenty four also felt long and awkward, but not near as bad. Surprising the difference two inches makes! When the 5R got back from the smith cut and crowned at twenty inches the difference was remarkable. It was a whole new rifle. It felt really maneuverable and 'light.' It's hard to describe, but my face just lit up when I handled it.

    I do not regret it at all and sometimes think I should have committed and went for eighteen!

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    You know what Ive noticed. Most aussies will recommend the longer barrel and the US guys will recommend the shorter. Thats not conclusive but its a kinda general trenh ive started noticing. Odd Aint it??
    Shaun aka "Quick"
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    1920 Lithgow SMLE No 1 MK III* .303 British
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    I run a 24" barrel and am fine with it but if you want to run a 20" barrel I'd recommend loading 155 Lapua Scenars and pushing them at around 2830fps .... that will keep you super sonic out to 1000 meters or more no sweat.

    You may struggle a little staying super sonic to 1000 meters with 175 SMKs from a 20" barrel but it can do it .... the 168 SMKs don't seem to get there without dropping below the speed of sound but my experience is that they are a great pill for accuracy out to 800 meters.

    I shoot 155 Scenars all the time now and love 'em!

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    This is one US guy who doesn't buy into stubby barrels. In a custom barreled .308 I would say 20" would be fine and the shortest I would go for good solid 1000 yard performance but in a factory tube which can be rough and not give you the same velocity or performance of a custom barrel I would say get the 26". If you find it a little too long then have a smith cut it down to 22-24" and recrown it.

    I like longer barrels to get the most out of a round. My 6.5 Creedmoor is a 28", .243 is 27", 300WM is 26" and the only shorty I have is my practice .308 that has been set back to 20" which wears a Surefire can. I will be rebarreling my .243 to a .308 switch barrel with a 26" Bartlein barrel to get the most out of the new Hornady 178 BTHP Superformance load. I am a decent sized guy and have never had a problem swinging around a longer barrel at competitions.

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    Ive got a 24 inch barrel on mine. I think 24 inch to me, is the perfect compromise from the short 20 to the long 26 inch.
    "One shot, one kill"

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    after reading on here about tac ops saying there is no vilocity
    change untill shorter then 18'' on 308s and no change on
    300win mags untill shorter then 22'' so with the proof
    in the bag how can anyone else get more vilocity from
    something that does not exist up to 190gr feds-- now on the flip side the longer the anything the more stable it is,

    its quite easy to take a rig and move it quickly up and down
    right and left, and back and forth but to rotate it back and forth like a propeller takes the most effert thuss being the most stable mode of movement,
    all this based on info from here.
    I take things and make them better

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