I have a Tikka T3 Hunter .243 that has been superseded by my Sako 85 .270. I have no intention of getting rid of the .243 and would like to make it into my rifle for Woodlands. I have a A-tec moderator to suit (nice and light weight) rather than carrying on with a T8. But the problem with the A-Tec is that it makes the thing to darn long. I have been using a .222 for Roe but the rifle is old and too short in the stock really unlike the T3 which is, in my eyes, a fantastic gun. I had a bad experience when I had my .222 CZ 527 shortened, the gun went from shooting clover leafs at 100yards to barely being able to hold a 2" group.
How short can I ask the gunsmith to take the barrel without loosing total accuracy? I know the answer will not be set in stone but experience from people reducing the barrel by say as much as 4-6" would be welcomed. The T3 is 2 years old and has maybe fired 2-300rounds, as it should it still shoots very well.