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#6849953 - 08/08/17 07:02 PM 7mm-08 barrel length
aggiegolfer09 Offline
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Registered: 12/21/14
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Just got a tikka and thinking about cutting it down to 18 or 20. I just plan on hunting with it out to 300 and possibly 400 yards. I will use my silencer on it.

What length should I go with?

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#6849957 - 08/08/17 07:05 PM Re: 7mm-08 barrel length [Re: aggiegolfer09]
hermano W Offline
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Registered: 06/24/12
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I had mine cut to 18" and like it real well at that length.

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#6849960 - 08/08/17 07:11 PM Re: 7mm-08 barrel length [Re: aggiegolfer09]
FiremanJG Offline
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Registered: 12/16/08
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I'm at 20" +10" suppressor.

168 gr A-Max is 2645 fps MV.

What won't that kill?
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#6850025 - 08/08/17 08:11 PM Re: 7mm-08 barrel length [Re: aggiegolfer09]
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Had my 7mm-08 cut to 16.25" and I love it! It's a Tikka as well.

With the 8" suppressor it is very easy to handle.

I was between 16" and 18" for awhile. But I had an 18".243 so I wanted to try a 16" rifle. I'm glad I did because with the suppressor I think it is easier to handle and easier in the deer blind.

My 7mm-08 maxes out at 400 for deer. My typical shot is 150-250 yards so the trade off of velocity for rifle handling is well worth it to me.
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#6850077 - 08/08/17 08:51 PM Re: 7mm-08 barrel length [Re: Gone to Texas]
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I have no doubt it'll do exactly what you need it to do.

I've got a 16 1/4" 7mm-08 A.I. in the works. I'll be trying 150 gr ELD-X, to gain speed due to such a short barrel. I will also try the 162 gr ELD-X, both on a 1:9" twist. I know both will shot well, the decision of what bullet to commit to will be determined by MV and corresponding ft/lbs.
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#6850092 - 08/08/17 09:02 PM Re: 7mm-08 barrel length [Re: aggiegolfer09]
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Registered: 05/12/16
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Loc: Lewisville, TX
I wrestled back and forth between 18 and 20" on my current 7-08 build. I wanted something shorter, as it will be suppressed full time. I'll be running 162 gr ELD's, and I ended up going 20" to hang on to as much velocity as I could. For the ranges you mentioned, it shouldn't make a bit of difference. The shorter, the handier when adding a suppressor. Especially for maneuverability out of a blind.

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#6850097 - 08/08/17 09:05 PM Re: 7mm-08 barrel length [Re: aggiegolfer09]
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All of my bolt action hunting rifles are 16.25". 223, 300BO, 6.5CM, 308.

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#6850130 - 08/08/17 09:30 PM Re: 7mm-08 barrel length [Re: aggiegolfer09]
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My T3's still at the original 22" length.

Things die in front of it. Quickly.

Thanks for talking me into it, JG. cheers
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#6850142 - 08/08/17 09:44 PM Re: 7mm-08 barrel length [Re: aggiegolfer09]
patriot07 Offline
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This is fairly on topic - I've heard shortening the barrel makes it stiffer and can improve short-range accuracy. Is that true? Say a 20" vs 24" 308, 7-08, 6.5CM, etc.

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#6850167 - 08/08/17 10:25 PM Re: 7mm-08 barrel length [Re: TexFlip]
Gone to Texas Offline
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Originally Posted By: TexFlip
All of my bolt action hunting rifles are 16.25". 223, 300BO, 6.5CM, 308.


.223 with 16.25" barrel??? That's one I gotta see!
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#6850174 - 08/08/17 10:36 PM Re: 7mm-08 barrel length [Re: Gone to Texas]
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Originally Posted By: Gone to Texas
Originally Posted By: TexFlip
All of my bolt action hunting rifles are 16.25". 223, 300BO, 6.5CM, 308.


.223 with 16.25" barrel??? That's one I gotta see!



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#6850175 - 08/08/17 10:36 PM Re: 7mm-08 barrel length [Re: aggiegolfer09]
patriot07 Offline
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I think Chad said he cut his son's Tikka 223 Varmint to 17" IIRC. Would be a handy gun for sure.

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#6850180 - 08/08/17 10:51 PM Re: 7mm-08 barrel length [Re: aggiegolfer09]
505ed Online   content
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Registered: 10/15/14
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Loc: Blanco texas
I'd cut it to 16.5-18.... Short as I could

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#6850182 - 08/08/17 10:56 PM Re: 7mm-08 barrel length [Re: TexFlip]
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Registered: 08/04/12
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Loc: Greenville, TX
Originally Posted By: TexFlip
Originally Posted By: Gone to Texas
Originally Posted By: TexFlip
All of my bolt action hunting rifles are 16.25". 223, 300BO, 6.5CM, 308.


.223 with 16.25" barrel??? That's one I gotta see!





Damn that rig is seeet. What stock is that?
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#6850188 - 08/08/17 11:05 PM Re: 7mm-08 barrel length [Re: ImTheReasonDovesMourn]
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Originally Posted By: ImTheReasonDovesMourn

Damn that rig is sweet. What stock is that?

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