The barrel length in standard calibers is 221/2 inches, and in magnums, 241/2. It is not a skinny barrel, which accounts in part for this rifle's stunning accuracy. How accurate? I shot factory ammo and handloads in 130-, 140-, and 150-grain varieties. The average group size was .880 inch; the smallest went into .330 inch-this from an out-of-the-box factory rifle that costs $630. Part of this uncanny accuracy comes from the stiff, free-floating barrel. It also stems from the way Tikka beds the rifle. On the T3, the recoil lug is permanently embedded in the stock, with just its upper edge showing, and this edge fits into a groove on the receiver. It's a variation on pillar bedding, and it ensures that the barreled action and the stock fit together precisely. Even the scope mounting is unconventional. The receiver is not drilled and tapped for screws; rather, there is a pair of parallel grooves running along the receiver, and the "legs" of the scope rings ride in them. It's the same system that's used on rimfire .22 rifles. I had doubts about its strength, but it holds just fine and gives you almost unlimited latitude in spacing your rings so they can fit any scope. I can't recall shooting another rifle that is so intelligently thought out and so nicely made, that operates so smoothly or shoots so accurately. It would be a good rifle at $1,000. At $618 to $646 (depending on caliber), it is astounding, but it is not perfect. They don't make it left-handed.