I'm not getting much traffic on the Precision rifle forum but They may just not know the answer. The Basic question is I want to chop the barrel on my Target rifle to help with balance and weight especially with my suppressor on it (I shoot it with the suppressor more than without)
Heres a link to that post:
barrel length vs stabilzation
pic with out can
pic with can
I hope some one can either give me an answer or atleast point me in the right direction.
Barrel length is not really a deciding factor on bullet stabilization. Barrel length is a deciding factor in bullet velocity. You should have no trouble cutting it to 18" or 20".
Note: Longer barrels do not make the rifle theoretically more "accurate", they raise the bullet velocity, thus getting it to the target faster. This, in turn, gives atmospheric forces (wind, heat, dust, etc) less time to affect bullet flight. So, a shorter barrel will need more "read" of those factors, to put the round on target, but it will still do the job.