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Which Barrel?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by viking499, Oct 15, 2008.

  1. viking499

    viking499 Well-Known Member

    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?
  2. gvnwst

    gvnwst Well-Known Member

    how far are you going to shoot, and what caliber. what target, ect.
  3. lefteyedom

    lefteyedom Well-Known Member

    how far are you wil to carry it?
  4. Ringtail

    Ringtail Well-Known Member

    How far are you going to carry it?
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2008
  5. marsche

    marsche Well-Known Member

    Third for how far are you going to carry it.
  6. Ringtail

    Ringtail Well-Known Member

    Great minds think alike and so do ours.
  7. tbtrout

    tbtrout Well-Known Member

    Definately how far you are going to hump it. And, if weight makes a difference to you. You carry what you are comfortable with.
  8. viking499

    viking499 Well-Known Member

    Not going to carry to far. Maybe a couple miles at most. Just wondering when heat becomes an issue.....
  9. gvnwst

    gvnwst Well-Known Member

    after 2 or 3 shots. again, depending on cartridge you are using
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2008
  10. gvnwst

    gvnwst Well-Known Member

    what cartridge are you using?
  11. viking499

    viking499 Well-Known Member

    No specific caliber, just wondering in general................
  12. Strongbad

    Strongbad Well-Known Member

    How many shots you are going to fire in how long of a time period.
  13. Auburn1992

    Auburn1992 Well-Known Member

    being heavier could help you keep more stable.
  14. Art Eatman

    Art Eatman Administrator Staff Member

    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.
  15. lefteyedom

    lefteyedom Well-Known Member

    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.
  16. Shawnee

    Shawnee member

    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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