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    7mm08 Barrel Length

    Well its raining here and the brain is ticking.
    I was out in the rain and have a 7-08 + Ase Utra. Its got the factory barrel at 22.5" and is a little unweilding. I carry it muzzle up as it is so long so that go me thinking would it be a real detrement to take the barrel to 18-20"
    Im using 140gr GK and 41.5gr N140 if it makes a difference
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    I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy!
    Another 7mm08 shooter!

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    My 7-08 has a 19.5 inch barrel and is sweet to carry with a jet z. Last time I chrono'd my load of varget and nobler 140gr BT I was achieving 2780 fps. I can drop pretty much anything to 300yards without worrying about drop too much.

    I would go 18" if I could but the flutes get in the way for me.

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    Are you above max load with that? I'm getting 2824 with the 22.5"
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    I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy!
    Another 7mm08 shooter!

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    Get a lighter mod and forget about the length, it's as long as it was intended.
    My .260 is 22.5" and I have the Atec CMM4 Alu, much much lighter than the ASE UTRA and still very effective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bk View Post
    Are you above max load with that? I'm getting 2824 with the 22.5"
    BK you might have a slower barrel. Not all barrels give the same velocities some will be faster and some slower with the same load. ..................................... and nope I have no idea why just that's the way it is.

    My own ZKK 601 in .308 has a slow barrel. Loads for the manual are well down in velocity to what they are supposed to be. Deer never noticed though.

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    I don't understand how 2" of barrel on a 30+ inch long rifle makes the gun unwieldy.~Muir

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    I think the pound of steel hung off the end might have more to do with it
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    I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy!
    Another 7mm08 shooter!

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    Mike Norris is building me a 7-08 at the moment and we debated barrel length for some time. As well as stalking I want the rifle to do range work out to 1000 yards and on this basis Mike said the shortest he would be prepared to take the barrel down to would be 20".

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    My 7x57 (similar enough to be relevant) is now down to 18.5". I'm getting 2485fps from 162gr bullets.
    With a CMM4 on the end it is a nice length to carry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bk View Post
    I think the pound of steel hung off the end might have more to do with it
    True that. Lift weights! ~Muir
    Last edited by Muir; 24-06-2012 at 17:44.

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