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Hi everybody, I am new to OT, although I am a long time reader, almost a year now. Very impressed with the knowlege shared here. I feel like I know many of you well. The advise given to others on here has led me to make several purchases based on the recommendations others have received. Thanks to all of you for so willingly sharing your expertise. My question is how much would I lose in velocity, accuracy, and most important value by cutting the barrel of my remington 5R to 20 inches. I deer hunt and hog hunt and occasoinally take a shot around 400 yards at a hog, but, 99% of my shooting is inside 200. My reason for doing this, if I do, is to make the rifle lighter and easier to get in and out of the truck. Thanks in advance for your responses.
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Assuming that you have a .308, go for it.  The velocity difference in a 20" and 24" .308 is almost nil.  Accuracy will not suffer at all, although you might possibly find that your favorite load might not work quite as well, just try different ones/handloads.  Resale isn't much to worry about.

 
Now, I wouldn't go shortening a .300WM to 20" if that is what you have, but that is just me.
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you may lose up to but no more than 100fps more likely to be in that 50-60 fps loss range.
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It is a 308 and I shoot factory ammo (federal fusion gets best groups right now). Thanks for the quick response.

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Do you think with less barrel weight that I will notice much difference in being able to hold steady on target shooting offhand? This barrell is I think 1 inch at the muzzle and taking 4 inches off will probably reduce the weight by close to a pound. I have a remington VTR 223 with a 20 inch barrel and it is fine but it is a much lighter rifle.

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Go for it man.  Holding on target should be no problem.  Chances are very good that the right smith can do this and there will be no ill effects.
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by shortening the barrel you will actually stiffen it up which can be good for accuracy.
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Welcome to Optics Talk.
 
I just cut down a 26" Remington barrel down to 20" and love it! It's only 6", but will feels like a different rifle. More handy, for sure.
   
I think it's really important to get a good recrown job, more than anything else.
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The Remmy SPS Tactical comes standard with a 20" barrel and i have no complaints with mine.
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I love my LTR with a 20" barrel and get 5 shots you can cover with a dime.

I would however caution that you may hurt the resale value of the 5R
though, that's never stopped me from making something the way I want it!
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Thanks guys for the imformation. Resale is something to consider but I have probably lost money on nearly every gun I've ever gotten rid of by sell or trade anyway. Y'all have said  pretty much what I wanted to hear. I really like this rifle except for the length, so this may be the next step in my quest for the "Perfect Rifle"
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I have an LTR and the 5R and like having both as is for different shooting/hunting situations. But I don't see anything wrong with cutting the barrel down as long as you do get it done right. It will make it easier to maneuver and to lug around. You didn't mention whether it's scoped yet, but if not, really take a look at compact scopes if you go down to 20". The two go so well together.
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It is scoped with an SSV 3-9. I am still trying to get familiar with the scope. I've always used leupold fixed 4s and 6s and the size and weight of the SS really takes some getting used to. It is an awsome scope and I feel the right one for the rifle and me to. I think I'm a SS man now. Time will tell.
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I would like to do the same thing.  Get a 5r and shorten it to 20 or maybe even 18"s.  I think that would make an excellent hunting rifle.  
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The first shot I made with this rifle was out my back door before I even had a scope on it. I killed an axis doe, at about 50 yards, hit her in the neck which means I almost missed because I was aiming down the barrel behind the shoulder. So I figured out this rifle already shoots better than I do even without a scope.

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I wouldn't call that good practice, but nice, lucky shot.
 
A rifle's weight shooting offhand is a mental block.  Good fundamentals reign supreme until a rifle's weight starts to border on ridiculous.. 
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I don't know why, but cutting a '5R' bbl. sounds like a sin...
DO IT.  Wink
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http://swfa.com/ContestViewCustomer.aspx?entry=1034  This rifle is an R5 Mil Spec .308 that had a Smith Enterprises Vortex flash suppressor added to it and was sent to  Walter Birdsong for Green T finish.  My next one I will cut down to either 18 or 20 because I prefer that length.  I would suggest adding the Smith Vortex flash suppressor when doing barrel work mainly because most hunting shots are in low light and the muzzle flash can mess up your night vision so this will allow you to get off a second shot if needed.   If you like the rifle vote for the photo.

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