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#5819586 - 07/06/15 11:44 AM 24 in vs 20 3/4 in barrel 30/06
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Just curious as to the pros and cons between an all around hunting rifle with a std size barrel (24) vs the shorter barrel (21).

-Acquisition of target would be a pro for the short barrel
-minimal loss of velocity would be a con to the short barrel
-less weight for the shorter barrel
-easier in a blind for the short barrel

What else do I need to consider?
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#5819621 - 07/06/15 12:04 PM Re: 24 in vs 20 3/4 in barrel 30/06 [Re: Bigfoot]
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Increased muzzle blast with a shorter barrel.
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#5819658 - 07/06/15 12:29 PM Re: 24 in vs 20 3/4 in barrel 30/06 [Re: Bigfoot]
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The shorter barrel is handier in the blind, if you have to walk into your stand through thick woods, the 3 inches of extra seems to catch on everything. The big question is where and how do you hunt.
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#5819775 - 07/06/15 01:25 PM Re: 24 in vs 20 3/4 in barrel 30/06 [Re: Bigfoot]
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I hunt the sam houston natl forest for pigs mostly but I bought a bolt action to possibly bag a deer and also as a pig gun when needed for longer shot scenarios and I am planning on going on a guided hunt this year.

I stalk them mostly so my AR has been my weapon but I needed to expand my horizons with a bolt action as a backup and a deer rifle

Not trying to start a debate just trying to understand my rifle more and what its capabilities are and are not with the shorter barrel.


Edited by Bigfoot (07/06/15 01:25 PM)
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#5819791 - 07/06/15 01:33 PM Re: 24 in vs 20 3/4 in barrel 30/06 [Re: Bigfoot]
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I'm assuming you would be cutting down an existing 30-06.

I would just use it as an excuse to pick up a short action cartridge
rifle, say 7mm-08.

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#5819821 - 07/06/15 01:46 PM Re: 24 in vs 20 3/4 in barrel 30/06 [Re: Bigfoot]
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my gun is 20 3/4 from the factory
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#5819827 - 07/06/15 01:51 PM Re: 24 in vs 20 3/4 in barrel 30/06 [Re: Bigfoot]
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Oh, I have not seen one of those. I think you named the pros and cons
pretty well. Your rifle should take care of almost any game animal in
the lower 48.
Shorter, stiffer barrels also have bigger accuracy nodes.


Edited by Gravytrain (07/06/15 01:52 PM)

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#5819832 - 07/06/15 01:53 PM Re: 24 in vs 20 3/4 in barrel 30/06 [Re: Bigfoot]
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I say your fine if your sneaking through the woods you don't need the extra barrel length. There is a reason 18 to 20 inch barrels used to be called Brush Carbines.
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#5819842 - 07/06/15 02:01 PM Re: 24 in vs 20 3/4 in barrel 30/06 [Re: Bigfoot]
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I like the shorter barrels. 1) lighter 2) stiffer 3) easier to handle
The only reason I would go with a longer barrel is if I planned to shoot at extreme distances and therefore wanted to maximize velocity...

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