Originally Posted by Nedcbr6
New to the form looking for some help and advice
Looking at getting into mid range shooting and a bit longer
Looking at a tikka t3 223 varmint heavy barrel 1:8 twist
20" barrel or would i be better of to wait to see if I can get a 24" barrel
Thanks for your help
First off, welcome.
What do you consider mid to long range? What kind of accuracy are you going for? (sub MOA, 1 MOA, etc.)
Tikka and Sako make some very accurate rifles, with some of the most accurate factory barrels I've encountered.
In .223 a 20" or 22" barrel is probably long enough to burn most powders pretty completely in that chambering. If you want to get more out of the round velocity wise, you would need a pretty slow burning powder.
As FrontierTCB already pointed out the longer barrel will really start to make a rifle front heavy once you get into the 24" range and any heavy barreled varmint rifle will already be pretty front heavy to begin with.