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Old September 5th, 2016, 09:36 AM   #1
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Anyone here with shorter-barreled bolt guns?

I'm getting a pseudo M24 clone rifle in a trade and am thinking about having the barrel cut down to say 18" and then adding a brake of some sort. Thoughts?

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Old September 5th, 2016, 09:43 AM   #2
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How far are you going to want to shoot it?

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Old September 5th, 2016, 09:52 AM   #3
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I don't know about 18", but my 20" chrome lined barreled FN SPR will run circles around my 26" Rem 700.



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Old September 5th, 2016, 09:57 AM   #4
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Why so short? 20" is a good compromise for a bolt gun.

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Old September 5th, 2016, 11:02 AM   #5
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Why so short? 20" is a good compromise for a bolt gun.
I saw a pic of a 16" barreled one with a brake and thought it looked cool plus I am happy with how my 14.5" AR10 runs. My HS precision has a 24" barrel so the whole "long range" 308 is kind a covered by that anyways.

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Old September 5th, 2016, 11:12 AM   #6
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All rifles are loud w/o a suppressor, but a short barrel will definitely be very loud and a brake will add to the experience. Suggest sticking with 20."

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Old September 5th, 2016, 11:25 AM   #7
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16 inch remington 700 300 blackout . the short barrels are great when using a suppressor . Its also nice for hunting in close cover with out the can .



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Old September 5th, 2016, 11:33 AM   #8
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disregarding the appearance, the length of the barrel should be dictated by two things, cartridge performance, vs the need for portability, think pack rifle or paratrooper. Another possible application would be a dedicated suppressed rifle. Unless you NEED a rifle with a very short barrel, or will not ever be shooting out to the cartridges max range, you are giving away some performance with .308 with an 18" barrel. I agree that the idea of a compact bolt gun certainly does sound appealing. Only you can decide if it's benefit's outweigh the drawbacks.

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Old September 5th, 2016, 01:33 PM   #9
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16 inch remington 700 300 blackout . the short barrels are great when using a suppressor . Its also nice for hunting in close cover with out the can .


Yeah that's what I was thinking, a threaded brake and then when I'm out of CA probably late next year apply for a suppressor.

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Old September 5th, 2016, 01:41 PM   #10
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My guess is 18 is probably good for 500 yards and under but, I personnally wouldnt go that short unless I was adding a can. Or if I was looking for short light backpack gun. I dont have any pics of an 18 inch barrel bolt gun but, I know a couple of guys who have 18 inch barreled gas guns and they like'em.

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Old September 5th, 2016, 03:16 PM   #11
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It seems that the 300BLK, Due to it's slower MV and shorter effective range, is very popular among the suppressor users. If you do a search, there are numerous images of short barreled 300BLK bolt guns. Of course the OP was discussing the .308 cartridge. I know that Rem was selling the 16" .308's maybe someone here has one of those can tell us what his experience with it has been?

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Old September 5th, 2016, 04:01 PM   #12
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I have a M1917 30/06 with a 16.5" barrel. I had it cut down because the receiver was sporterized and the front sight was removed. It now sports front and rear sights, scope and mount and 16.5" barrel. It is short and easily made to get into and out of cars. It shoots pretty nice and I still have to get it sighted in. I will provide some pictures soon.

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Old September 5th, 2016, 04:03 PM   #13
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Interesting question about a 18" 308 bolt gun. I know of a few gassers in the 308 caliber having 18" barrels and doing quite well in competitions. Larue for one.

The question reminded me of an article I read a few years back pertaining to the same question. This test was for a 300 winmag but the results were eye-opening.
http://rifleshooter.com/2013/12/300-...6-300-win-mag/
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Old September 7th, 2016, 07:20 PM   #14
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It seems that the 300BLK, Due to it's slower MV and shorter effective range, is very popular among the suppressor users. If you do a search, there are numerous images of short barreled 300BLK bolt guns. Of course the OP was discussing the .308 cartridge. I know that Rem was selling the 16" .308's maybe someone here has one of those can tell us what his experience with it has been?
the blackout does have a shorter effective range . for deer hunting 300 yds with a barnes ttsx is about it . My point was its much easier to handle with a suppressor and when hunting in thick timber or brush with out the suppressor it handles very fast . sorry for not clarifying that. I have a friend who has a remington 700 aac in 308 with a 16 inch barrel and I have shot it . to compare it to my 20 inch savage fcp10-sr . it handles great when your not standing out in the middle of the open prarie , the muzzle blast is louder the barrel raises more under recoil and its a solid 1.5 moa gun . I cant say much about how far the effective range is since visibility is limited here in the ozarks and shots over 250-300 yds are rare . for woods hunting its great, for shooting at elk on the next moutain over or an antelope at 700 yds not so much.

hope this helps and sorry if I caused any confusion.

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Old September 7th, 2016, 07:53 PM   #15
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16 inch at 1k

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