20 inch vs 26

20 inch vs 26

This is a discussion on 20 inch vs 26 within the Rifles forums, part of the Sniping Related category; Looking at the package, beieve the 20 looks better and would be easier to store and carry in the field if i brought it hunting. ...

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    20 inch vs 26

    Looking at the package, beieve the 20 looks better and would be easier to store and carry in the field if i brought it hunting. OWndering how the shorter barrel effects range and velocity of ammuntiion though.

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    this topic has been covered ALOT around here, if you use the search button you will probably find 20 threads about sps tacticals versus the sps varmints. usually the common consensus is unless you plan on shooting at real long ranges chopping the barrel won't hurt you, in fact the shorter barrel can be stiffer, which means less barrel whip. I personally would go with a 20 inch, since there's no way i will be shooting at 800+ yards any time soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeathStick
    this topic has been covered ALOT around here, if you use the search button you will probably find 20 threads about sps tacticals versus the sps varmints. usually the common consensus is unless you plan on shooting at real long ranges chopping the barrel won't hurt you, in fact the shorter barrel can be stiffer, which means less barrel whip. I personally would go with a 20 inch, since there's no way i will be shooting at 800+ yards any time soon.
    +1 to everything. go with a 20 inch and this have been covered ALOT!

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    +1 to the above, if you may go over 600 - 700yds rarely, then the 20" is the go. But if you shoot long range (600yds+) often, then the 26" would be good. Better velocity but I would go with the 20". Its personal preference but the 20" gets my vote.
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    Eh, I have a 24" and really like it.
    I dont find it to long, and its real east to handle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by becks
    Eh, I have a 24" and really like it.
    I dont find it to long, and its real east to handle.
    But you're in Canada where, being closer to the Magnetic North Pole, steel is lighter and therefore easier to carry. 8) :wink: :wink:

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    haha sure, Ill go along with that! :wink: :lol:
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    lol, my 24 inch savage 10 is fine as well, i don't have any beefs with it. a 400 dollar eberle pack helps when carrying an 11 pound rifle, but mike r at tacops did the testing and his word is gold. barrel whip does decrease precision and that means any unnecessary length is well... unnecessary. if this were my first bigbore precision rifle i'd go with the 20 inch. in a few years once you have more experience in the world of precision shooting and feel you can stretch your ability to farther ranges, you can always buy a second rifle in a caliber and barrel length more geared towards longer ranges.
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    i got my 700 chopped to 20" and had a muzzle brake put on. I personally like the feel of the 20" and the accuracy is hard to beat. I know 20" barrels will give you more muzzle flip from a bipod, but the muzzle brake easily overcomes that. it's very enjoyable. and as far as limitations...there are many pro shooters on here who have sent lapua scenar 155's similar bullets out to 1000 yards with ease with their 20" barrels.
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    i got my 700 chopped to 20" and had a muzzle brake put on. I personally like the feel of the 20" and the accuracy is hard to beat. I know 20" barrels will give you more muzzle flip from a bipod, but the muzzle brake easily overcomes that. it's very enjoyable. and as far as limitations...there are many pro shooters on here who have sent lapua scenar 155's similar bullets out to 1000 yards with ease with their 20" barrels.
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