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Old 12-22-2007, 09:28 PM   #1
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Default 22" Barrel vs 24" Barrel in a 25-06

How much velocity am I really losing. Seems like a lot of 25-06 rifles come with 22" tubes . I figure I am losing 100-120 FPS by dropping to a 22". YOu never know these things unless you chronograph them but has anyone chronographed a 22" long 25-06?
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Old 12-22-2007, 09:47 PM   #2
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Default RE: 22" Barrel vs 24" Barrel in a 25-06

I havent, but wouldn't think it would be that much....my tube is 24"
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Old 12-22-2007, 10:04 PM   #3
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I havent, but wouldn't think it would be that much....my tube is 24"
And I feel funny buying one with the 22" tube.
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Default RE: 22" Barrel vs 24" Barrel in a 25-06

Little more long-range bullet stability with the 24" too - shop around and youll find a good 'un with a 24" er
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Really, is that why most custum target rigs use a short heavy barrel?

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Old 12-23-2007, 09:03 AM   #6
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Default RE: 22" Barrel vs 24" Barrel in a 25-06

This is from chuckhawks:

The worst that can be said about the .25-06 is that it realistically needs a 24" barrel to reach its full potential. I've had 22" barreled .25-06 rifles and the muzzle blast was pretty severe, but it still outperformed a 257 Roberts +P.

I dont beleive you'll lose much, but I would weigh the pros and cons before taking the leap.
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How much velocity am I really losing. Seems like a lot of 25-06 rifles come with 22" tubes . I figure I am losing 100-120 FPS by dropping to a 22". YOu never know these things unless you chronograph them but has anyone chronographed a 22" long 25-06?
Like you said, you never know what your actual velocity is until you chronograph it. In additon, to know HOW MUCH YOU LOST, you'd have to start with a 24" tube and chrongraph it at 24", then cut it to 22" and chrono it again. It is possible for a rifle with a 22" barrel to have a higher MV with a given load than some other barrel which is 24" long shooting the same load.

As far as bullet stability is concerned, all one needs for thisis a barrel long enough to impart the correct spin to the bullet. For example, in .38 Special & .357 Magnum, 2" is enough............
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I owned a JC Higgins M 51 30-06 Sprg. untill someone from UPS stole it. It had a 22.5" barrel, and I could reach 2800 f/s with a 180 gr bullet usnig IMR-4831. I think you will lose maybe 75 f/s. Good luck.
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I think the powder used in the cartridge would dictate velosity lost, but as a rule expect a couple of hundred. Does that really matter if the gun fits better?
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I think the powder used in the cartridge would dictate velosity lost, but as a rule expect a couple of hundred. Does that really matter if the gun fits better?

Well the gun is borderline anyway so I am not going to pursue it further.
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