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Old 03-08-2011, 05:51 PM   #1
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Default 20" or 24" Barrel Suggestion/Opinions

I am looking for input on some good quality 20" or 24" bull barrels to make a Hog Thumper.

My plan is to take a Stag lower, match 2 stage or comp trigger, Weighted A2 Stock, Bull Barrel, FF hand guard, Bipod, Muzzle Break, Luepold Varmint scope, in 5.56 with a 1/9 twist or slower.

Ideas and opinions please, with links and/or pics, Please.

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Old 03-08-2011, 06:37 PM   #2
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I have a 24" heavy barrel on my bolt .308. That adds a lot of weight. A 20" barrel shooting 5.56 should give you all the ballistics you need to thump hogs and more. I am not sure if there is an advantage at all with that cartridge going longer, except for maybe a few fps faster. The experts will chime in, I'm sure.
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WOODY,

In my opinion you would be much better off with the 20" Barrel. The 24 is just too D--- heavy to pack around. If you have ever held a 24" you will also find it is front very heavy. If you were always going to be shooting from a certain constant stationary position. It would not be a bad choice. But the 20 will serve you well.

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I am leaning towards a 20". Just haven't totally ruled out a 24"

Thinking about a 1/9 twist also. I think I can shoot 55 gr boat tails through that with decent success, correct?
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If youre going to use it to hunt hogs you might want to go w/ 1:7 so you can fire longer/heavier rounds.
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If youre going to use it to hunt hogs you might want to go w/ 1:7 so you can fire longer/heavier rounds.
Okay, cool, good tip. I personally like boat tail projectiles. Can you or anybody toss out a recipe for a 5.56 round and a heavier bullet for a 1:7 twist?
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Okay, cool, good tip. I personally like boat tail projectiles. Can you or anybody toss out a recipe for a 5.56 round and a heavier bullet for a 1:7 twist?
I dont reload but all the factory 75gr ammo Ive had was all HPBT.
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If it was me, I would opt for the 20 inch barrel. I prefer the Sierra 69gr BTHP backed with 24.0gr IMR-4895 and a Winchester SR primer. It is also my match load and groups sub MOA in a 1 in 7 twist barrel.

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Woody:

FOr Hogs let me suggest the nosler partition in 60 grain....I'm running 23.3 g of ramshot tac with a CCI #41 primer, probably could be a little hotter.....on a 20" bbl should be 2900-3000 fps. MasterPsmith I'm sure has it right but I dont know how a match bullet would perform on meat...they might be fine, I don't know.....I do know they are very accurate I load these at 23.3g as well.

The 60g nosler partitions are expensive at $20 for 50 but its not like you are going target shooting.....and they are BOATTAIL.
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If it was me, I would opt for the 20 inch barrel. I prefer the Sierra 69gr BTHP backed with 24.0gr IMR-4895 and a Winchester SR primer. It is also my match load and groups sub MOA in a 1 in 7 twist barrel.

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This looks like a great recipe. What kind of pressures doe this have on a 20"?


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FOr Hogs let me suggest the nosler partition in 60 grain....I'm running 23.3 g of ramshot tac with a CCI #41 primer, probably could be a little hotter.....on a 20" bbl should be 2900-3000 fps. MasterPsmith I'm sure has it right but I dont know how a match bullet would perform on meat...they might be fine, I don't know.....I do know they are very accurate I load these at 23.3g as well.

The 60g nosler partitions are expensive at $20 for 50 but its not like you are going target shooting.....and they are BOATTAIL.

I love the Nosler too, I know it is expensive, but if it make a hog roll, "Priceless". Also what about the pressures? Both loads use the IMR 4895?

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