Cutting down a .243 barrel.

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by Zacsquatch, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. Zacsquatch

    Zacsquatch New Member

    I was interested in cutting down my .243 savages' barrel into a 16" carbine length for thick brush and such in Alaska.

    What will be my max bullet weight that will be effective? I have heard of some rifles tumbling bullets after the barrel was shortened. Will there be enough barrel to keep at least 2 moa at 100 yards? Should I be using reloads at that point or will factory box ammo work. I usually use 75 grain HP's but I have killed dozens of deer with 62's and 55's.

    If need be, I will cut it down... see for my own self how this will work and have an excuse to buy a bull barrel if it doesnt work the way Id like it too.

    This will not be used at distances greater than 150 yards and only at deer/caribou with a 4x nikon optic.

    Thanks for you help guys.
  2. masterPsmith

    masterPsmith New Member

    Your barrels will be way too short at 16" in .243. It is called overbore, case capacity vs barrel diameter and length. I would leave them alone.