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Posted: 1/16/2015 11:20:32 PM EST
Opinions? Shooting 600 to 1000 yds. No hunting just target shooting 168 to 178 grain bullets Looking at a Sako TRG 22 in .308. So i'm i better off with a 20 or 26" barrel? Weight not an issue
Link Posted: 1/17/2015 7:08:11 AM EST
Originally Posted By classic16:
Opinions? Shooting 600 to 1000 yds. No hunting just target shooting 168 to 178 grain bullets Looking at a Sako TRG 22 in .308. So i'm i better off with a 20 or 26" barrel? Weight not an issue
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If 1000 yards is your game and weight isn't an issue, you'll appreciate the increased velocity afforded by the longer barrel.
Link Posted: 1/17/2015 8:15:58 AM EST
If your true goal is 1000 yards, then go 26. Push that 178 hard, get the max velocity out of it. Keep it super sonic out to as far as possible. That will give you the best accuracy at distance.
What twist barrel are you thinking 1-11, 1-10.
Not to steel your thread but you may want to look at 6.5.CM. Great round, better ballistics faster, hits harder, you can get very good factory ammo, Hornady 140Gr A-Max. Just food for thought.
You could get a AI AT, and shot both.
Link Posted: 1/17/2015 5:03:35 PM EST
My bolt guns are 26", 26", 26" and 27.125". You really can't beat free velocity.

Your brass will thank you.

Chris

Link Posted: 1/17/2015 10:28:04 PM EST
You really want the 26" barrel. The shorter tube really doesn't bring anything to the game unless you want to run a suppressor, even then the longer barrel can really help for longer range target shooting. I have a 22" barrelled 300 win mag, and it costs me about 100 fps in muzzle velocity over a 24-26 inch barrel. I never achieve published velocities for factory or handloaded rounds, as I just don't have enough barrel to burn the powder as efficiently.
Link Posted: 1/17/2015 10:38:46 PM EST
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Originally Posted By AL_Safety:The shorter tube really doesn't bring anything to the game unless you want to run a suppressor
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It brings less weight and improved balance/handling, which for some outweighs the velocity gains from a longer barrel.

I went from a 26" 260 down to 20", which everybody on the internet SWEARS is a waste of a 6.5mm bullet due to extreme velocity loss...and only lost 20fps/inch, most of which I could have gained back if I wanted to run RL17 instead of H4350. And in trade for 120fps less velocity, I dropped a pound of weight off the front of my rifle and improved its handling in the field immensely.

20" 308s can and do get to 1000 yards every day...but reality is a longer barrel gets you there "better".
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 9:29:20 AM EST
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It brings less weight and improved balance/handling, which for some outweighs the velocity gains from a longer barrel.

I went from a 26" 260 down to 20", which everybody on the internet SWEARS is a waste of a 6.5mm bullet due to extreme velocity loss...and only lost 20fps/inch, most of which I could have gained back if I wanted to run RL17 instead of H4350. And in trade for 120fps less velocity, I dropped a pound of weight off the front of my rifle and improved its handling in the field immensely.

20" 308s can and do get to 1000 yards every day...but reality is a longer barrel gets you there "better".
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Originally Posted By AL_Safety:The shorter tube really doesn't bring anything to the game unless you want to run a suppressor


It brings less weight and improved balance/handling, which for some outweighs the velocity gains from a longer barrel.

I went from a 26" 260 down to 20", which everybody on the internet SWEARS is a waste of a 6.5mm bullet due to extreme velocity loss...and only lost 20fps/inch, most of which I could have gained back if I wanted to run RL17 instead of H4350. And in trade for 120fps less velocity, I dropped a pound of weight off the front of my rifle and improved its handling in the field immensely.

20" 308s can and do get to 1000 yards every day...but reality is a longer barrel gets you there "better".


weight and handling in the field aren't a concern for me.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 1:31:15 PM EST
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Originally Posted By classic16:


weight and handling in the field aren't a concern for me.
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Originally Posted By classic16:
Originally Posted By avboiler11:
Originally Posted By AL_Safety:The shorter tube really doesn't bring anything to the game unless you want to run a suppressor


It brings less weight and improved balance/handling, which for some outweighs the velocity gains from a longer barrel.

I went from a 26" 260 down to 20", which everybody on the internet SWEARS is a waste of a 6.5mm bullet due to extreme velocity loss...and only lost 20fps/inch, most of which I could have gained back if I wanted to run RL17 instead of H4350. And in trade for 120fps less velocity, I dropped a pound of weight off the front of my rifle and improved its handling in the field immensely.

20" 308s can and do get to 1000 yards every day...but reality is a longer barrel gets you there "better".


weight and handling in the field aren't a concern for me.


If weight and handling are not a concer there is no reason to not get the 26" version.

I have the 20" version. I had a 24" FN SPR and with a suppressor I would often hit the top of doorways walking around with it. It was really long.

If I didn't use a suppressor I would likely have gotten the 26" version but that would be ridiculously long with a suppressor.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 1:34:57 PM EST
I agree with the people who say go with the 26" if weight and balance aren't a concern.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 2:24:20 PM EST
Are you going to be carrying it at all, other than to the bench? If not, then go as long as practical. For me, I prefer the handling characteristics of a shorter tube, and have no qualms giving up a little speed. I also dont mind thrashing my brass to get where I want to be; everything is a trade off. My preferred barrel length is <20", but I am weird.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 2:33:39 PM EST
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 3:09:11 PM EST
Another vote for 26"
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 7:37:33 PM EST
in a 308, its wont matter much at all, and at 600y, a non issue
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 7:41:39 PM EST
Thanks everyone for the replies! Ordered a 26" in green!!
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 8:43:53 PM EST
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Originally Posted By OhioLongRange:
in a 308, its wont matter much at all, and at 600y, a non issue
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He said 600-1000 yds in his first post.

At 1000 yds, getting free velocity will mater, if he wants to reload his brass at more than one, or two cycles.

100-200 fps might make a difference for certain bullet choices.

Chris

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