What's Your Longest Long Rifle?


April 23, 2007, 04:25 PM
I always find myself drawn to the long long rifles, from the WWI war rifles to the Penn. frontier flintlocks. Something about the shorter rifles seems wrong to me. I was just curious to see if anyone else had extra long rifles. My longest currently is a Finnish M-91 Mosin, at just over 51" OAL with a 31 1/2" barrel. One of the side benefits of a barrel that long is it's almost silenced when you shoot mild fast-burning handloads out of it. My 123 grain load using a light charge of 3031 is more of a "paaf" out of that barrel.

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April 23, 2007, 04:55 PM
my 91/30 is the longest. still looking for a M91

i do have a old percusion cap musket that is WAY longer, but its decommisioned

April 23, 2007, 04:59 PM
32" heavy octagon barrel.


Runner up is a 1911 Schmidt-Rubin, with 30" barrel:


"paaf", eh? (Note name on watermark) :p

April 23, 2007, 05:07 PM
I love long rifles. I still want an arbelesque (sp?) black powder fur trapper gun. I'm chinese, you know - we like ridiculously long rifles and cannons. too bad most of our dynasty pieces are on display at the tower of london =/

Old Time Hunter
April 23, 2007, 05:11 PM
40" barrel on an original model 1861 Springfield. Which by the way is a REAL American rifle.

April 23, 2007, 05:13 PM
My 69/71 Swiss Vetterli and Russian/Finnish M91's are all about the same length.

bill larry
April 23, 2007, 05:38 PM
1938 Turk Mauser

April 23, 2007, 05:44 PM
Used to have a 29" Turk Mauser... but the sucker was too damn long, so I sold it and bought a 23" Yugo.

April 23, 2007, 06:20 PM
I think my Swedish Mauser is taller than my mom.

cracked butt
April 23, 2007, 06:23 PM
Lyman Great Plains Flintlock: 32" barrel.

April 23, 2007, 06:48 PM
See, I knew we'd be going over the standard page margins on this thread right away!

"paaf", eh? (Note name on watermark)

Pfaff is a great ballistic name. Better than Gunn even.

another okie
April 23, 2007, 08:06 PM
Infantry model trapdoor springfield. A rifle that will make you respect the manliness of the frontier army. Anyone who could haul that thing across Kansas by foot on a hot summer day is tough.

edited: Forgot to say, 52" long.

April 23, 2007, 09:22 PM
Browning BPCR 45/70, 30+" Bb'
Remington Mosin Nagant
Berthier M16

I'll have to dig them out and measure them. The Mosin from memory came up to my chest and I'm 6' 3" tall!

Wes Janson
April 23, 2007, 10:02 PM
Waiting for someone to post a .50 or a 20mm... ;)

April 23, 2007, 10:17 PM
Both of my muzzleloading Tennessee Po'Boy rifles (.40 cal & .50 cal) have 42 inch barrels.
I'm not sure what the over all length of them is, but it's pretty long. LOL

April 23, 2007, 10:58 PM
My longest currently is a Finnish M-91 MosinI have a Russian 1891 Mosin. It's not only my longest, but also my oldest firearm.

Double Naught Spy
April 23, 2007, 11:01 PM
Waiting for someone to post a .50 or a 20mm...

Barrett 82A1, 57"

April 24, 2007, 12:10 AM
I have 2 custom made flintlocks with 42 inch barrels one in .40 caliber (my favorite) and the other in .54 caliber used as my big game rifle.

Condition Plaid
April 24, 2007, 12:28 AM
Robar RC50.

April 24, 2007, 12:32 AM
without looking,either my Mosin 91/30 or Persian Mauser?My Winchester 1886 has some stretch to it also.

April 24, 2007, 05:28 AM
I do not have anything with a barrel over 25" at present; however, I do like longer barrels. In addition to confining burning powder and reducing blast there are other benefits.

One is the practical effect on shooting offhand; the steadying effect of all that weight hanging out front. This also has a damping influence when swinging on moving targets. When open sights are employed it provides a generous sight radius even with the rear sight mounted on the barrel.

That extra weight up front further suppresses muzzle jump during firing and slows the forces of recoil.

While there are tradeoffs, it was with such long barreled rifles in the form of the Mauser paired with the very capable 7x57 cartridge that the Boers gave the British some stern lessons in musketry at ranges often in excess of a 1000 yards in battles like that at Colenso.



highlander 5
April 24, 2007, 06:11 AM
Shiloh Sharps Long Range Express w/RHO telescopic sight 34" barrel 52" overall
Oh 45/70 BTW

1911 guy
April 24, 2007, 07:06 AM
My favorite squirrel rifle has a 39 1/2" barrel. Not exactly handy, but not bad in open hardwoods plinking tree rats for the crock-pot.

April 24, 2007, 08:08 AM
1893 Turk Mauser-29" barrel, 48 1/2" overall length.

April 24, 2007, 09:02 AM

My Flintlock .50 is pretty darn long....it just barely fits in my display cabinet. It is longer than the US Rifle Cal .30 M1, but I am not near my cabinet & tape measure to check them.

Probably the shortest centerfire I have is my M-44 Mosin-Nagant. In rimfires, my 10/22 is shorter than my OLD Marlin 99.

April 24, 2007, 10:34 AM
My Mosin 91/30 is my longest, especially with bayonet attached.

I also have an old Targetmaster 22lr with a 28" barrel. That is pretty long for a 22.

April 24, 2007, 11:36 AM
M1 Garand. A relative has an SVD that is very long, but surprisingly light.

Zak Smith
April 24, 2007, 12:14 PM
AWSM + can = almost 60"

Sniper X
April 24, 2007, 12:16 PM
My 10FPLE2A with a 28in match barrel. I'll probably have it cut and crowned to 22in.

Essex County
April 24, 2007, 01:14 PM
Longest I've ever owned? A Remington model 91. Today? A 91-30. Essex

April 24, 2007, 01:51 PM
My two that are close in overall length are an 1891 Mosin Nagant and a custom 1874 Sharpes reproduction with a long heavy octagon barrel.
Now if a bayonet is added its no contest.:D

April 24, 2007, 06:25 PM
Cobb 50. barrel is 30 inches and rifle is 58 inches over all. With scope, bipod, and mag thing weighs 42 lbs.

Old 112
April 25, 2007, 01:15 AM
Vell ya, it vould be my Svedish Mousers doncha know. Old 112

Beetle Bailey
April 25, 2007, 01:59 AM
When I got my M91/30 ex-sniper, I decided to try clearing my house with it :D . Even without the bayonet, it's really hard and there were several pies that proved impossible to slice :uhoh: . I remember thinking "Man, I'm glad I don't have to do this in Stalingrad. I'd want a Ppsh-41!"

April 25, 2007, 08:16 PM
I have a French Officer's Fusil that Ron Scott built up for me using parts from Jess Melot at The Rifle Shoppe.

It would appear that I am, ahem, currently living out my repressed fantasies better than any of y'all. The barrel alone is 44" long. It is a Colerain barrel in .58 smoothbore (also known as 24 gauge). At my current 5'7" (and slowly shrinking) it poses a bit of a problem to load, but it does handle very nicely.

April 25, 2007, 08:32 PM
1873 Martini that my son shipped back from Afghanistan......1260mm long, with bayonet another 380mm, total 1640mm long.


April 25, 2007, 08:49 PM
Went down and checked it out yesterday. The M16 Berthier is longer than my 1917 Remington Mosin nagant by an inch or so.

Mr White
April 25, 2007, 10:15 PM
Finn M39. Almost 47" long.

Dr. Dickie
April 26, 2007, 06:35 AM
Flintlock, overall 50". Barrel is 36"

April 26, 2007, 07:55 AM
My MN 91/30....maybe the swede mauser I plan on getting will be longer but doubt it

April 26, 2007, 09:02 AM
Have not measured everything, There is a 1885 Browning BPCR at 30", Swedish Mauser, Swiss 1911, Swiss Vetterli model of 1871, and a 36Cal. flintlock, southern mountain style. I like long barrels. esp my Marlin 1895 Cowboy with 26" barrel.

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