Another barrel length question..
After seeing RPA rifles at the CLA a few weeks ago, especially the woodland stalker with a 16'' heavy barrel, i was wondering what the down sides to this are? The man was saying that it was good out to 500yds.. In terms of accuracy i assume he means, but is he on about acceptable accuracy from a match rifle or from a stalking rifle? I would be rarely shooting out to 500yds and at crows etc if i was.
If i were to chop the barrel on my rifle down to say 16", what noticable difference would it make if i chopped it down to 16'' from 26''? i have heard that velocity can be lost, but no other problems? Also, i have heard that with a short, heavy barrel, it is more difficult to find the sweet spot due to the resonance being over a shorter period? Im asking this as i have no experience of it and wondered whether i was being taken for a ride? It sounds sensible, what he said that a longer, thinner barrel is a lot easier to find a sweet spot?
Im going to keep my R700 PSS barrel but have it shortened, to reduce weight and make it easier to handle.. im wondering how much to chop off!!