| safariarms man wrote:|
Those stiff short barrels that minimize low frequency resonance and make mountain and carry hunting, and thus accuracy and easy carry respectively a plus, are what make those rifles special. Now taking a hot magnum caliber that achieves its best out of that 26 to 28 inch barrel is not served by shooting it out of a 16 to 20 inch barrel, but actually could be done and still achieve good accuracy will still better ballistics that a comparable caliber in a non-magnum, unless the magnum requires that barrel length for complete powder burn. Love the topic, thanks for bringing it up.
..............Yep! You`re right!.....Naturally, any hot magnum cartridge will have better velocity out of a 26" to 28" barrel. But there a rare few like me, who like their cake and eat a little too, that prefer a more compact, faster handling rifle that is easier to carry around, but is also very powerful and capable of downing anything on the continent.
A 300 WSM would be better served with a 24" to 26" barrel. However from my 16.5" tubed `lil 35.5" OAL Ruger compact, as my chrony shows, I can slightly better 26" barreled 30-06 AI velocities using max loads. I can also get moa and sub moa groups from reduced loadings which are about on par with 24" tubed `06 performance.
No noticeable daytime muzzle flash, but it is very loud, a good kicker and is alot of fun to hunt with.