30-06 Barrel Length

Discussion in 'Technical Questions & Information' started by Benjamima, Jan 30, 2011.

  1. Benjamima

    Benjamima New Member

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    So Im putting together a Remington 721 in 30-06. Just ordered a nice thumbhole stock from Boyds, some duracoat paint to go over the decaying bluing job, and have been researching trigger jobs.

    One thing Im contemplating is trimming the barrel down a few inches.

    Currently, it is about 23-24". I was thinking of taking it down to the 18-20" range to make it more handy on horseback/in the cab of a truck/in the brush/etc. I don't really forsee myself having to make a shot much past 300-500 yards. Am I going to lose a major amount of power or accuracy at that range?

    I see these expensive TacOps rifles, which are essentially a super accurized Remington 700 in .308. Most of the rifles they build are 18-20", and there are guys shooting sub 4" groups with them at 700 yards. :eek:

    So it got me thinking, 3-5" off the overall length of the weapon could prove useful. And if it doesn't severely effect performance, then why the heck not do it?
  2. gendoikari87

    gendoikari87 Former Guest

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    I don't know about the .30-06 but on those tactical shortened barrels, they did a study and found that the .308 was only loosing 50fps at 20".
  3. Jim K

    Jim K New Member

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    A .30-'06 with a 20" barrel is going to have a lot of blast and noise. I know most folks will say that outdoors, and in the excitement of a hunt it won't matter, but I will tell you it might matter down the road.

    QUIT MUMBLING AND SPEAK UP DAMMIT, I CAN'T HEAR YOU!

    Jim
  4. Benjamima

    Benjamima New Member

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    Yeah..I don't think I want to mess with trimming it down. A lot of work for a negligible gain in handling, and added concussion.

    Ordered this stock:
    http://www.boydsgunstocks.com/ROSS-FT-REMINGTON-700-BDL-p/600-710-ft-a.htm

    And some Brownells Aluma-Hyde Parkerizing Gray. Oughta look pretty slick. :D

    I think I might do my shotgun in desert tan with krylon non-skid black on the stock. :cool:

    I hear the Aluma-Hyde is great stuff given you do your prep work. I'll post some before/after pics of the whole debacle. :)
  5. swiftman

    swiftman Member

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    The blast from a 20 inch barrel is not going to destroy your hearing any faster than a 23-24 inch barrel. The longer barrel is already past the decibles levels that do that. My left ear can testify to that.
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