Which Barrel?


October 15, 2008, 10:23 PM
At what point do you go from a standard barrel to a heavy or varmit barrel when deciding what type of gun to get? Do you base it on the number of shots per day, hour, specific use or other?

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October 15, 2008, 10:24 PM
how far are you going to shoot, and what caliber. what target, ect.

October 15, 2008, 10:31 PM
how far are you wil to carry it?

October 15, 2008, 10:31 PM
How far are you going to carry it?

October 15, 2008, 10:48 PM
Third for how far are you going to carry it.

October 15, 2008, 10:51 PM
Great minds think alike and so do ours.

October 16, 2008, 08:37 AM
Definately how far you are going to hump it. And, if weight makes a difference to you. You carry what you are comfortable with.

October 16, 2008, 11:37 AM
Not going to carry to far. Maybe a couple miles at most. Just wondering when heat becomes an issue.....

October 16, 2008, 11:48 AM
after 2 or 3 shots. again, depending on cartridge you are using

October 16, 2008, 12:57 PM
what cartridge are you using?

October 16, 2008, 01:03 PM
No specific caliber, just wondering in general................

October 16, 2008, 07:15 PM
How many shots you are going to fire in how long of a time period.

October 16, 2008, 07:48 PM
being heavier could help you keep more stable.

Art Eatman
October 17, 2008, 12:21 AM
For "just hunting", I like a long, medium weight barrel--but I hunt in country where long shots are probable necessities. I handload, and go for max velocity.

If I'm mostly going to shoot paper, a heavy barrel when set up properly is the most stable for long strings of fire. That is, something like, say, ten shots in a limited allowable time period. This sort of rifle is also desirable for shooting prairie dogs, where you have numerous targets and relatively short intervals between shots.

Basic coyote and deer hunting, lighter works as well as anything, really. What's important, IMO, is that the first shot from a cold barrel always goes to the same place today as it did last week or last month. Few rifles won't keep the first two or three shots closely grouped, even those with thin barrels.

October 21, 2008, 01:33 PM
My "carry all the time hunting" rifle Is a Rem 721b 30-06 with a shorten 20" standard weight barrel , 2X7 scopeamd sling weights are 8.5 lbs

My "tote it from the truck to deerstand with a wide sling" rifle is a Rem 700 with a 26" 308 bull barrel, fix 10X scope, Harris bipods and sling. about 12-13 bls

My "Shotgun area only" Deer Gun is a NEF 12 guage Sluggester with 4x scope, sling and stock sleeve of slugs. comes in are 13lbs

Just depends on how much weight you are willing to carrying.

October 21, 2008, 01:44 PM
If you're going to carry it more than a couple hundred yards - and/or - if you are going to shoot it without a sandbag or other rest - you don't want a bull barrel.


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