barrel length

Discussion in 'Guns, Ammunition, and Reloading' started by dash4cash, Dec 13, 2010.

  1. dash4cash

    dash4cash Well-Known Member

    just wondering what barrel length would be best for long range shooting, say 3 to 5 hundred yards. Never taken a shot that far, but planning on a 243 caliber for antelope and some coyote hunting. Does barrel length even make a difference or is it the twist of the barrel that makes it more accurate, or is it a combination of both?

    Thanks, Carl
     
  2. dirtdart

    dirtdart Well-Known Member

    If I were planning to take shots out to 500yds with a 243 it would have a 24-26" barrel with a 1 in 9.5 or 1 in 10 twist.
     

  3. Mr. Chitlin

    Mr. Chitlin Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    A short barrel can be as accurate as a long barrel.

    You will gain velocity with barrel length.
     
  4. Rebel

    Rebel Well-Known Member

    X2 , I have seen 18 1/2" barrelled rifles put in the same hole.
     
  5. grrifles

    grrifles Well-Known Member

    A shorter barrel could be more accurate then a longer barrel of same weight because it will be stiffer. You do lose veloicty witha shorter barrel.
     
  6. johnf

    johnf Well-Known Member

    At 300 yards my 243 with a 22" barrel is just as accurate as my 25-06 with a 26" barrel.
     
  7. Buck-Ridge

    Buck-Ridge Well-Known Member

    The longer barrel can acheive higher velocities with some calibers but isn't the deciding factor on accuracy. Flatter trajectory helps with long range shooting for obvious reasons.
     
  8. dash4cash

    dash4cash Well-Known Member

    Thanks guys, you made it alot clearer.
     
  9. boapaul

    boapaul Well-Known Member

    Barrel length is determined by the burning rate of the powder and the twist detimines the bullet length or weight