Originally Posted by Werminator
Bush, not to be rude but you have clearly already made up your mind that the 24" heavy is the way you want to go. You have asked questions about this "upgrade" in 3 seperate threads and it would seem you simply haven't had anyone say that they think its the way to go so you keep asking. If you are resting this bad boy then the length of the barrel should not have much effect on your receiver since the rest will be supporting much of the weight, but as has been suggested already, the 18-20 inch range is not a bad place to be. You stated your rifle came with an 18 to start with so I would think long and hard about other areas that affect accuracy before swapping your barrel. How about upgrading the trigger, which in my opinion is one of the biggest areas your could benefit from. Also, perhaps try some different loads from the stock setup to see if you can find a load that your rifle likes without having to spend the money on the barrel. Just my opinion but if the looks are your thing and the 24 appeals to you in that way then I say go for it but if you want to spend your money on performance I think there are other places I would start first.
i have to agree.
how many shots have you even taken with this rifle yet?
have your even tested it to see how accurate it is to begin with?
are you just making an assumption that going to a longer barrel is going to increase it's accuracy?
just changing ammo or reloading ammo that fine tunes the ammo to a particular firearm can increase accuracy by huge degree.
and you do understand that changing the barrel is going to require either buying the tools to change out the barrel or even paying someone to change it out and properly set up the headspace so it operates safely.
too many times we see a person get a new gun, and they want to make modifications right from the get go, before they have even evaluated whether something needs to be changed to make it better and just assume it needs to be changed to be better.