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Thread: To chop or not ?

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    To chop or not ?

    Would like some advice guys, just bought a sako 75 in .308 22" and a bit long i think ?

    Gone for an A tech cmm4 lightweight muzzle can after reading good reports on the site,
    when when i put against the rifle looks like its going to be a "very" long beast!
    Going to get it threaded this weekend and can't decide whether to chop it of at 20" while he is on with it or leave the length alone ?
    Do you think the drop in velocity with the chop is worth it for better handling and handiness ?

    I chopped my 75 varmint .243 to 20" and got round the velocity drop by going down in bullet weight seems to work fine, and accuracy from the short barrel is just as good as the long one.

    But as .308s have a bit of a loopy trajectory to start with, would it be a good thing loosing fps over handling as i want to use the heavier bullets which will be going slow to start with ?

    Your thoughts most welcomed .DF

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    Cut it, no question. 20" is perfect for a 308.

    Just because you are paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you......

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    It'll work for sure but 2" isn't very much, why not just leave it as is for a while and see how you get on?

  4. #4
    i agree a cut for 2 inches isnt going to make much difference. i would save the dosh and keep it as it is

  5. #5
    I took my 260 back from 22.5 to 20.5 inches. It made a huge difference to the handling of this rifle, particularly when you use one of the ultra light mods.

    Just because you are paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you......

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    i agree with claret dabbler. i have a.308 cut back to 20 inch and am very happy .Fitted with an ase utra s5 mod it is no longer than a standard length barrel. if you are shooting at reasonable distance the .308 is not that loopy

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    Although not same calibre, I took nearly 4 inches off my .223 remmy and it handles far better when lamping,fits in the car better and it didnt make a rats arse to its accuracy...around 50fps per inch loss is the norm,

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    I have a Sako 75 in 30.06 had two inches chopped off it (recomended ) and it handles a lot better ,now having my Sako75 in.243 done the same.

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    If you are going to get it threaded, will they not cut and re-crown anyway? If so, shorten the barrel at the same time - you could even go 18" like the RPA but 20" would be good...

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    I had my .243 done but given the same option again I would have just swapped the mod for an over barrel type which are generally shorter infront of the muzzle. But thats just me and some people prefer a bolt on the end mod.

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