i am looking to buy a RRA Varmint A4, i owuld be target shooting and coyote hunting with this. first are they reliable guns and what would be the best barrel length? i have a choice between 18-24 inches. please help
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December 6, 2006, 08:48 PM
Welcome to THR!:)
I run RRA guns. They have all performed flawlessly (I've had two stoppages both because of ammo [dead rounds]). Keep them lubed and checked out and you should be fine.
Barrel length is a function of use. Since you want to dispatch varmits and in .223 velocity is a factor I would argue the longest barrel may be best suited to what you envision. Depends on your intended load I am sure. I'll let the bench rest people take it from here.
December 6, 2006, 09:25 PM
Not a benchrester, but I went through the very same quandry the last few weeks. Although most of my 'precision' shooting is off of bipod or rest, I do like to go offhand or with sling-wrap sometimes when needed.
Weight became the limiting factor for me. A buddy has a Bushmaster 20" bull and it is really front heavy offhand. Not unmanageable, but hardly what I would call well balanced. He has a lead weight to fill the butt-well and this does improve the balance....but at the expense of a couple of pounds extra to carry.
My search was ended when I first shouldered a Bushy Varminter. 24" bull barrel but fluted to reduce weight. Had never really considered flutes being all that effective in weight reduction but holding the Varminter and then a Varmint Special with its' unfluted barrel made a believer out of me.
I am sure RRA rifles are well done, but the only suggestion I can make is to hold one and see how heavy you can tolerate it to be. The full-bull 24inchers are a load! They will show a couple hundred fps faster than the shorter tubes, and this IS nice to have, but really not all that in the real world of varmint shooting.
Suggest you find and fondle all the respective lengths before you make up your mind.
December 6, 2006, 11:07 PM
welcome to THR!
I have experience with the rra, but not the one you are looking at but i can tell you that they make fine weapons. i have never had an issue out of the ones i have put endless rds through.
the only real "varmiter" type rifle i have experience with is the bushmaster varminter, with 24" ss barrel, and highspeed pistol grip. i shoot my buddies at his farm and they are sweet rifles.they are definetly sub moa guns, and that is with remanufactured ammo, i ain't as good with it as he is, but then again he's the sniper!
December 6, 2006, 11:35 PM
i allways go with the longer bbl for varmint shooting. the extra 2 to 3 oo fps velocity is worth an extra 100 yds of pbr range on a varmint.
December 7, 2006, 01:16 AM
Welcome to THR.
I have a RRA Varmint A4 with a 20-inch barrel. I only shoot off a bipod. Next time I’ll buy the 24-inch barrel just to get the extra fps. If you’re going to shoot standing I think a shorter barrel would be better. The only advantage a longer barrel has is more bullet speed (fps). My RRA has been very reliable. RRA makes a Varmint A4 with a 16-inch barrel too.