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Posted: 5/26/2003 10:40:41 AM EDT
I hoping to buy my first FAL pretty soon and was wondering if there is a big difference in performance between a 16 in carbine or 20 in rifle. I'd prefer the shorter barrel but would like to know the pros and cons.
Link Posted: 5/26/2003 11:55:06 AM EDT
I have two 21", one 18", and one 16.25" carbine. The shorty is definitely my fav. It also is shaping up as the most accurate. I shot a twelve round group yesterday with iron sights (KNS duplex front sight). Six shots went in @100 yards under 1" and the rest were under 3 1/4" using 168 grain Winchester 308. I'm planning on reshooting next week using a scope and a different target arrangement. It's a DSA badger barrel. The others are Imbel and Steyr.

Anyway, once you go under 18" barrel length you start losing some energy. The tradeoff is less barrel whip.
Link Posted: 5/26/2003 12:41:37 PM EDT
Omar, have you ever measured velocity difference between each of your barrel lengths using the same ammo?
Link Posted: 5/28/2003 4:39:40 AM EDT
I still don't have a locking shoulder in the 18" one. When I do, I'll chrono them and post it.

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