Originally Posted by mrfox556
What are gonna be the advantages and disadvantages to long vs. short bull barrel length. I have a bolt action .308 in layaway that comes with a 26" bull barrel. I'm not the biggest fox in the forest so chopping a little off the endd just makes sense to me. This is just gonna be a rough it up shoot a ton of rounds truck farm rifle.
In research we have devised that 22" is about ideal for URBAN
/SHORT RANGE encounters. 300-400 yards at the IDEAL engagement distance.
The .308 can be stretched to 1,000 yards by heavily trained PROFESSIONALS. These are people who spend their days shooting/studying/analyzing/loving the .308 ballistics chart as their Bible. They are, quite specifically, the future of the Benchrest Community.
My first custom was a .308 with a 26.75" barrel, all spec'd out. I competed a lot and learned the pros and cons of the weapon platform. I bought the best - a Krieger barrel, Titanium firing pin, Rifle Basix drop in trigger, and I was "good".
However, none let me get "sniper" accurate at 800-1000 yards. I had to rely on the ballistics and the "moon shot" to get inside the "X" ring.
Ammo (bullet weight and grains of powder, which is a WIDE category). Elevation (Above about 4500ft and you will see a difference in performance). Air Density (Humidity is a bitch on ballistics). Shot Distance (the further you go, the harder the shot).
If the platform is the .308; then you need to realize what CAN and what CAN NOT be done by the average shooter behind the trigger.
At, say, 200 yards the .308 is a devastating round! This is a round that can take your head off or cave in your chest with the force of a sledgehammer!
At 500 yards, the average shooter is going to be "meh". Not because of the round, but because of the training to put the round where it counts the most.
So. If you want to "effectively/professionally" get the rifle and "chop off the barrel length" you are going to want to pull the barrel, cinch it up in the vise, then run a measured bandsaw through it to achieve the desired goal.
You are going to need a lathe to cinch the barrel to, say, .005" difference (ROUGH - end to end), and crown the cut off muzzle so rounds out of the barrel are not impacted.
The .308 is an effective round, with single stop capabilities, but once you examine and understand the round, you will realize it's not the "End All - Beat All".