22 Hornet barrel length


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vulbus
February 16, 2012, 12:51 PM
I'm looking at buying a 22 Hornet rifle with a 20" barrel and 1:16 twist. I'd like to have the barrel shortened to 16" for handiness in the woods but don't want to adversely effect the accuracy. Does anyone know if the 22 Hornet is as accurate in a 16" barrel as it is in a 20" barrel? BTW, it would also be suppressed.

Thanks!

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1911Tuner
February 16, 2012, 01:03 PM
If the barrel is properly recrowned, it'll likely be more accurate. Shortening a barrel makes it stiffer. A stiff barrel vibrates less when it's fired. You'll probably have to re-zero, but that's about it.

rcmodel
February 16, 2012, 01:05 PM
Barrel length has nothing to do with accuracy, if you re-crown it properly after cutting it shorter.
In fact, a shorter stiffer barrel might be more accurate then a longer less-stiff barrel.

What you will lose is velocity and a flatter trajectory.
You might expect to lose 150-200 FPS in a Hornet by cutting a 20" to a 16".

rc

351 WINCHESTER
February 16, 2012, 07:37 PM
It will make it a lot louder if that helps.

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