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is it true that a longer rifle barrel is more accurate than a short barrel? if so, are there any disadvantages of having a long barrel besides the fact that it's heavier and tougher to carry?

Question by Reid Jones. Uploaded on July 08, 2009

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from ishawooa wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

A benchrest shooter rightfully would argue that a short heavy barrel is by far more accurate than the hunter's long skinny barrel. The main reason for the latter is for the purpose of velocity gains with small bore but large capacity rounds. Generally 18 to 24 inches of barrel is the best compromise for a hunter depending upon the cartridge being utilized. Handiness plus decent room to burn powder is the reason for most bolt actions being 22 to 24 inches barrel length. You can get by with a 26 or 28 incher on a single shot like the No.1 or Dakota and still have the same length rifle as a bolt action with a shorter barrel. The reality of it is there are far more issues important to accuracy than just barrel length and weight such as type and perfection of rifling, crown condition, throat erosion, type of action, bedding, trigger, sights, cartridge and load, etc.

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from shane wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

The only advantage of a longer barrel is being able to burn all your powder in there and squeezing out as much velocity as you can. So in a way it is more accurate in the sense that it's maybe a tiny bit flatter. But, a longer barrel isn't necessarily more accurate, in fact sometimes shorter barrels are more accurate. Shorter barrels are stiffer overall and tend to have more consistent vibrations. Sometimes if you have a rifle with a 26 inch barrel and you have it cut down, you'll see tighter groups.

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from BigBboy25 wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Longer barrels doesnt mean better accuracy, it means more velocity. Long range competitors, palma, F-class, match hi power shooters will all generally have longer barrels because it gives you higher velocities, which in turn keeps the bullet supersonic longer so at long range, that added velocity which keeps your bullet supersonic theoretically gives you better accuracy at long range. But 100 and 200 yard benchrest shooters will use short but extremely heavy barrels, because they are stiffer and more riged. So all in all, you cannot base wheather a rifle is accurate or not based upon barrel length

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from huskerguy wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

They covered it pretty good. Nice to have shorter barrel in wooded area. haha, thats about all I got. Good anwsers guys.

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from jbird wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

I agree w/ above.

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from Big O wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Longer barrels have more "whip"(vibration) to them also.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

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I won more Turkey shoots with a 18 inch barrel Carl Gustaf Stads Gevarsfaktori 6.5x55 Swedish!

It all depends what your doing with it and as far as shooting off the bench, I have a 03-A3 30-06 that shoot 1/2 MOA! And I kicked butt on the 300 Win Mag shooters topped with extraterrestrial scopes on 1000 yard line with a open sighted M1A and M14's, so go figure!

So the question you need to ask yourself, what you are going to do with that smoke pole dar “PILGRIM”!

It's not the Arrow

It's the Indian!!!!

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Shooting one hole groups maybe nice off the bench but if you can't hit "MOP" in the field?

GO HOME AND LERN TO SHOP AT WAL-MART!

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

For none magnum, 24 inch barrel is ideal to maximize the performance of the cartridge and for Magnum 26 is ideal in other words the longer the barrel the more velocity you get. As for accuracy it all depends on the load and wither or not it’s compatible with the twist of the barrel including the quality of the barrel, action, how it’s bedded in the stock sights etc. and above all the SHOOTER!

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from maj1996 wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

it is true but there are no other problems.

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from hjohn429 wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

No it is not true. Usually a short, stiff barrel is the most accurate. But you should make sure the barrel is long enough to stabilize your bullet before it leaves the barrel. For bench shooting, I recommend a barrel no longer than 30 inches.

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

More barrel = more speed... gives you time to burn more powder. I will also note that the sound is more tolerable as well. As you approach and 18 inch barrel, the rifle will really bark. I have shot 24 inch to 27 inch barrels on my 25-06. I like the long barrel for prairie dog hunting. I get more speed out of it... the shorter barrel is nicer for walking in the trees though. It is lighter and doesn't catch as many limbs.

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from rudyglove27 wrote 3 years 41 weeks ago

Agreed with shane and + 1 for you sir!!!

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from ishawooa wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

A benchrest shooter rightfully would argue that a short heavy barrel is by far more accurate than the hunter's long skinny barrel. The main reason for the latter is for the purpose of velocity gains with small bore but large capacity rounds. Generally 18 to 24 inches of barrel is the best compromise for a hunter depending upon the cartridge being utilized. Handiness plus decent room to burn powder is the reason for most bolt actions being 22 to 24 inches barrel length. You can get by with a 26 or 28 incher on a single shot like the No.1 or Dakota and still have the same length rifle as a bolt action with a shorter barrel. The reality of it is there are far more issues important to accuracy than just barrel length and weight such as type and perfection of rifling, crown condition, throat erosion, type of action, bedding, trigger, sights, cartridge and load, etc.

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from shane wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

The only advantage of a longer barrel is being able to burn all your powder in there and squeezing out as much velocity as you can. So in a way it is more accurate in the sense that it's maybe a tiny bit flatter. But, a longer barrel isn't necessarily more accurate, in fact sometimes shorter barrels are more accurate. Shorter barrels are stiffer overall and tend to have more consistent vibrations. Sometimes if you have a rifle with a 26 inch barrel and you have it cut down, you'll see tighter groups.

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from BigBboy25 wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Longer barrels doesnt mean better accuracy, it means more velocity. Long range competitors, palma, F-class, match hi power shooters will all generally have longer barrels because it gives you higher velocities, which in turn keeps the bullet supersonic longer so at long range, that added velocity which keeps your bullet supersonic theoretically gives you better accuracy at long range. But 100 and 200 yard benchrest shooters will use short but extremely heavy barrels, because they are stiffer and more riged. So all in all, you cannot base wheather a rifle is accurate or not based upon barrel length

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from huskerguy wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

They covered it pretty good. Nice to have shorter barrel in wooded area. haha, thats about all I got. Good anwsers guys.

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from Big O wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Longer barrels have more "whip"(vibration) to them also.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

For none magnum, 24 inch barrel is ideal to maximize the performance of the cartridge and for Magnum 26 is ideal in other words the longer the barrel the more velocity you get. As for accuracy it all depends on the load and wither or not it’s compatible with the twist of the barrel including the quality of the barrel, action, how it’s bedded in the stock sights etc. and above all the SHOOTER!

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

More barrel = more speed... gives you time to burn more powder. I will also note that the sound is more tolerable as well. As you approach and 18 inch barrel, the rifle will really bark. I have shot 24 inch to 27 inch barrels on my 25-06. I like the long barrel for prairie dog hunting. I get more speed out of it... the shorter barrel is nicer for walking in the trees though. It is lighter and doesn't catch as many limbs.

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from jbird wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

I agree w/ above.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

ZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZZ!!!!!!!!!

I won more Turkey shoots with a 18 inch barrel Carl Gustaf Stads Gevarsfaktori 6.5x55 Swedish!

It all depends what your doing with it and as far as shooting off the bench, I have a 03-A3 30-06 that shoot 1/2 MOA! And I kicked butt on the 300 Win Mag shooters topped with extraterrestrial scopes on 1000 yard line with a open sighted M1A and M14's, so go figure!

So the question you need to ask yourself, what you are going to do with that smoke pole dar “PILGRIM”!

It's not the Arrow

It's the Indian!!!!

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Shooting one hole groups maybe nice off the bench but if you can't hit "MOP" in the field?

GO HOME AND LERN TO SHOP AT WAL-MART!

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from hjohn429 wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

No it is not true. Usually a short, stiff barrel is the most accurate. But you should make sure the barrel is long enough to stabilize your bullet before it leaves the barrel. For bench shooting, I recommend a barrel no longer than 30 inches.

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from rudyglove27 wrote 3 years 41 weeks ago

Agreed with shane and + 1 for you sir!!!

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from maj1996 wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

it is true but there are no other problems.

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