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7mm-08 barrel length #6849953 08/09/17 12:02 AM
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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?

Re: 7mm-08 barrel length [Re: aggiegolfer09] #6849957 08/09/17 12:05 AM
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I had mine cut to 18" and like it real well at that length.

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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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Re: 7mm-08 barrel length [Re: aggiegolfer09] #6850025 08/09/17 01:11 AM
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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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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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Re: 7mm-08 barrel length [Re: aggiegolfer09] #6850092 08/09/17 02:02 AM
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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.

Re: 7mm-08 barrel length [Re: aggiegolfer09] #6850097 08/09/17 02:05 AM
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All of my bolt action hunting rifles are 16.25". 223, 300BO, 6.5CM, 308.

Re: 7mm-08 barrel length [Re: aggiegolfer09] #6850130 08/09/17 02:30 AM
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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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Re: 7mm-08 barrel length [Re: aggiegolfer09] #6850142 08/09/17 02:44 AM
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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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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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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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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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I'd cut it to 16.5-18.... Short as I could

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Originally Posted By: TexFlip
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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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Haha yea I polished that thing for hours.
Re: 7mm-08 barrel length [Re: ImTheReasonDovesMourn] #6850188 08/09/17 04:05 AM
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Damn that rig is sweet. What stock is that?

Thanks.
Bell & Carlson Tactical Medalist.

Re: 7mm-08 barrel length [Re: FiremanJG] #6850632 08/09/17 04:31 PM
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
I'm at 20" +10" suppressor.

168 gr A-Max is 2645 fps MV.

What won't that kill?


Chuck Norris

Re: 7mm-08 barrel length [Re: TexFlip] #6850636 08/09/17 04:34 PM
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Originally Posted By: TexFlip
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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!





Looks awesome and I love the short barrels!


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I'm at 20" +10" suppressor.

168 gr A-Max is 2645 fps MV.

What won't that kill?


Chuck Norris


You're right. My bad.


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Re: 7mm-08 barrel length [Re: aggiegolfer09] #6851224 08/10/17 01:10 AM
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If i go with a shorter barrel what would be the best bullet for deer and possibly hogs?

I am thinking about hornady 139sst, 139 gmx or 150 eld x

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I went with a 20" barrel on my AR-10. Absolutely eats Nosler 140g accubonds. Heck of an all around bullet combo.

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Originally Posted By: TexFlip
All of my bolt action hunting rifles are 16.25". 223, 300BO, 6.5CM, 308.


One gun case fits all !! cheers


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