Optimum barrel length for a .22?

Discussion in '.22-Rimfire Forum' started by Smokin Guns, Mar 9, 2003.

  1. Smokin Guns

    Smokin Guns New Member

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    (3/6/03 12:57:03 am)
    Reply Optimum barrel length for a .22?
    I have heard many opinions on this matter.

    Some say the .22 rimfire's optimum is 16".
    Longer, bullet actually loses some stability from friction and loss of gas pressure as the action cycles on an automatic, or runs out of expanding gases.

    What do you think?

    Posts: 38
    (3/6/03 6:51:44 pm)
    Reply barrel length
    I too have read than after 16 inches the bullet is no longer accelerating therefore additional barrel length is not needed. However, for iron sights the extra length gives a longer sight radius and more accuracy aiming.

    Posts: 20
    (3/6/03 8:15:46 pm)
    Reply Re: barrel length
    Ditto on 16"
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