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22 Hornet barrel length

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by vulbus, Feb 16, 2012.

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  1. vulbus

    vulbus Member

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    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!
     
  2. 1911Tuner

    1911Tuner Moderator Emeritus

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    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.
     
  3. rcmodel

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    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
     
  4. 351 WINCHESTER

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    It will make it a lot louder if that helps.
     
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