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Old February 5th, 2011, 05:25 PM   #1
 
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Ideal barrel length for the .22lr

Alright, I have used the search function and cannot locate a thread that deals with this so, here goes. What is the ideal barrel length for a target shooting .22lr rifle? I have read from other sources that it is 16", 14", and that it doesn't matter. At what point do you get optimum accuracy combined with suitable velocity that isn't hindered by friction from too much barrel? What's your opinion? Thanks.



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Are we allowed to link from other forums? If so: Here's a nice discussion.

I'm starting to wonder if my buying a 20" 10/22 was a mistake since I use it primarily for scoped shooting.
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16"-18" is about the length it has maximum velocity. After that is simply in miniscule amount starts loosing velocity I believe. Unless you're to build a top-level match gun, you won't notice the difference between 16" one and one with a longer one. I have 'em from 16" to 23" and don't find any a detriment.
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Well from what I've seen from the linked thread and others, there's VERY little applicable difference in muzzle speed. The one exception is when using subsonic ammo. The longer the barrel, the more you can moderate the velocity and dampen the sound. So if you use those ones without powder (just priming charge) it'll sound a lot softer coming out of a longer barrel. Combine with polyurethane/nylon buffer for maximum stealth squirrel destruction! >:D (as my state does not allow suppressors)

Also longer rifles have better sight radius for aiming, though use of scope may render that benefit moot. Then of course there's the issue of weight and balance, x-long may be ungainly.
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I have a Colt M4 in 22 cal with a 16" barrel and shooting from a bench rest I can shoot the X ring out of a target at 100 yards the rifle is very accurate and I would think that a longer barrel would be even more accurate
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I have 12.5" barrel on my 10/22, I would like to say its accurate but I've just not had the time to shoot it.

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I was reading a lot about this before I bought my EABCO 18.5" barrel. With the effective range you're going to get from a .22LR barrel length isn't going to make a difference with most shooters. I've gotten mine down to a 2" group at 100yds at an indoor range. I've seen videos of some of the shorter barrels reaching out to 300yds but that's just a video and easily duped. I can say the heavy barrel is much faster to reaquire the target over the stock barrel. She barely moves from shot to shot.
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It's not just bbl length that matters. The chambering cut makes a BIG difference and of course finding the ammo/load that your particular barrel favors. Makes no sense to buy a GOOD barrel and just shoot bulk or cheap ammo.

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I've gotten mine down to a 2" group at 100yds at an indoor range.
Try different ammo, you should be able to get down smaller than that with good ammo. Depending on what bbl you have, 1" groups should be doable, especially indoors where there's no weather conditions to be an influence. Dial it in at 50yrds (1/2"-1" groups) then move out.
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That's mostly me, not the rifle. I'm using CCI Mini-mags. I've tried a whole lot of different stuff and the MMags are the only ones my action cycles flawlessly and flies true. I'm still learning to breathe and I think that's what's keeping my groups from shrinking.
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If you need the minimags for proper operation, something's wrong. Should work with sub-sonics also. Too heavy of a bolt handle spring maybe?
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Well from what I've seen from the linked thread and others, there's VERY little applicable difference in muzzle speed. The one exception is when using subsonic ammo. The longer the barrel, the more you can moderate the velocity and dampen the sound. So if you use those ones without powder (just priming charge) it'll sound a lot softer coming out of a longer barrel. Combine with polyurethane/nylon buffer for maximum stealth squirrel destruction! > (as my state does not allow suppressors)

Also longer rifles have better sight radius for aiming, though use of scope may render that benefit moot. Then of course there's the issue of weight and balance, x-long may be ungainly.

I'd like more info on the polyurethane/nylon buffer (since my state doesn't allow suppressors, either. )
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I'd like more info on the polyurethane/nylon buffer (since my state doesn't allow suppressors, either. )
It's simply a nylon rod that replaces the bolt stop pin. It supposedly eliminates the abuse the steel bolt and steel pin create on the aluminum receiver during recoil. Have yet to see such a major issue after millions of 10/22 have been produced. It also reduces the "clack" a bit as well but not so much to make it quiet. You still have the report from the cartridge ignition.
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If you need the minimags for proper operation, something's wrong. Should work with sub-sonics also. Too heavy of a bolt handle spring maybe?
I'm using the stock spring and I bevelled and polished the rear of the bolt where the hammer rides. She always shot well with the minimags even with the stock barrel. I sighted the rifle at 50 yards (I'm using a BSA 32x with adjustable parallax) with the Remington 40gr jacketed ammo which was horrible. The Remmie's would stovepipe every 4th or 5th round and I'd had more than a few fliers. I had a lot of fliers with the Aguila SuperMax 30gr jacketed. The Aguila Match Rifle 40gr subsonic would stovepipe every other round or so. I couldn't get the 60gr SSS to cycle at all so I can't really say how accurate I was with them since I was paying more attention to the stream of obscenities I was pouring over the box of SSS's. I got a box of the minimags right after I started having problems with the Remmie's and she loved them to death. I kept going back to them. Right now I'm getting super repeatable results with the minimags, the fast twist barrel, and the modified trigger.
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Search Rimfire Central. I've responded to several threads about this there, they're very useful. In short, different ammo likes different lengths.
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Thanks guys, lots of good info. I'm just looking into getting a good target rifle to play with. Keep the posts coming, I'm learning.
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