I get 2900+ fps with 190SMK's out of my 26" Krieger. The large case capacity of the '06 just begs for slow powders and heavy bullets.
December 23, 2007, 10:44 PM
Longer barrels mean more accuracy
Not necessarily. Shorter barrels are generally stiffer and thus have the potential to be more accurate. The biggest difference isn't going to be in the accuracy area but rather the muzzle velocity. A 26" barreled 30/06 is going to be a tough find I think (other than the previously linked Thompson). I can't think of one right off hand, but I'm sure there's some out there. They're not common, because the different between a 24" 30/06 and a 26" 30/06 just isn't that big. The only ones I can think of off the top of my head would be an older Remington 721 or something similar.
December 23, 2007, 10:46 PM
Longer barrels mean more accuracy and more muzzle energy (more distance for the bullet to speed up) but obviously are more heavy and combersome.
Longer barrels may mean more practical accuracy for iron sighted rifles, due to the greater sight radius and sometime better balance; but shorter barrels are more inherently accurate (all else being equal) due to being stiffer than longer barrels.
December 23, 2007, 11:35 PM
24" barrels are common and work well.
Weatherby's Vanguard series (Howa barreled action) come with 24" barrels and shoot very well. Ditto for some Remingtons.
Ruger's No 1 Standard .30-06 has a 26" barrel.
Of course, there are plenty of custom rifles, but these are reasonably-priced production rifles.
December 24, 2007, 01:07 AM
My Remington factory tube is 24." You get a few more FPS from the longer tube but that's about all.
December 24, 2007, 03:33 AM
22-24" is optimal for .30-06 when one considers velocity vs. utility. Believe me, another 2" of barrel mans a whole lot more getting snagged on tree branches when hunting.
December 24, 2007, 05:12 AM
I think the 30.06 is underserved by any bbl less than 26 inches, I would really like it in a 30 incher myself.
December 26, 2007, 04:00 AM
I have hunted since the early 60's with a scoped 03 with a 20"
two groove barrel. It was put together as a quick handling brush
gun. However, it has produced one shot kills over the years, from
60 to 375 yards, in brush and desert terrain. It likes 168 to 180
grain Sierras:) It also kills big game just as dead as the 22 and 24"
barreled 06s that I own. Really haven't noticed the couple hundred
fps that might be lost, as it is quite accurate. Speed might kill, but
solid vital hits, do it better:D
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