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    308 barrel length

    What is the shortest length one can have on a 308

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    12 inches, legal minimum I apologise, I'm being a pedant.

    Are you using it for deer stalking or targets mate?

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    How far you shooting, the legal minimum is 12" but to get accuracy you will need to find the correct bullet weight and load work up to achieve a decent velocity.

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    Got a 16" .308. Works well for any woodland situation as it's so fast handling. 10 twist barrel.

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    If you were to rephrase the question to "what's the optimum length barrel for a .308 using 165gr nosler BT's in a woodland setting no shots exceeding 200 yards on fallow"

    I would say get a 7-08 run 18" barrel and nosler 140gr BT's lol.



    But my 14" .243 is a belter on a Thomson encore single shot frame.



    What what is your use?
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    Kinda fits in with the OP so, Scotch Egg....let's have a look at that .243 use it for fox I guess?

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    As I understand it there's very little velocity loss in run-of-the-mill loadings down to about 21". From there things start to get progressively worse, but considerably shorter could still be fine depending on your use (bullet weight, power choice, target distance, etc.).

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    Jeff.

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    Sorry should have said, want to use 180gr bullets, tracking rifle, it's a Parker Hale, my friend is giving it to me, don't know the twist

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greener Jim View Post
    Kinda fits in with the OP so, Scotch Egg....let's have a look at that .243 use it for fox I guess?


    the pic does not do it justice. Note to self though, never forget the mod. It hurts lots...
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    I use 75gr v-max and still achieve 3200fps. Crows hate me
    "If you can't see it, you can't shoot it"

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