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Old 07-11-2020, 11:11 PM
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is there any benefit to a barrel over 16" ?
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Old 07-11-2020, 11:48 PM
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Longer sight radius if using iron sights.
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Old 07-12-2020, 07:30 AM
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Longer barrels make a better club after you run out of ammo.
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Old 07-12-2020, 07:42 AM
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Longer barrel allows for recrowning and rechambering.
A bit of extra length can help in remachining to improve results.
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Old 07-12-2020, 07:43 AM
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Sits in gun cabinet better look better, better balance, quieter, and for some reason often more accurate.
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Old 07-12-2020, 11:53 AM
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Ballisticly no there is not any difference that's significant enough to have any type of impact or that anyone would even notice.
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Old 07-12-2020, 11:59 AM
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Sits in gun cabinet better look better, better balance, quieter, and for some reason often more accurate.
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More "Oomph" with Hyper Velocity 22lr. http://ballisticsbytheinch.com/22.html

And the added barrel length/weight may be steadier in the hand meaning it may keep point of impact closer to where it should be.
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Old 07-12-2020, 03:18 PM
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Anschutz makes all their BR gins with a barrel length of 18 1/2" long for a reason. They found it to be the most accurate with match ammo.

Now, a squirrel rifle with a 16 1/2" barrel would be nice if the stock was not so long it looked odd. Usually, faster ammo shoots better in a short barrel. I said Usually, not always.
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benefit to a barrel over 16" ? YES

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is there any benefit to a barrel over 16" ?
Longer sight radius, faster velocity, better-stabilized spin on the round as it exits the barrel.Tighter shot groups.
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Old 07-13-2020, 04:51 PM
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is there any benefit to a barrel over 16" ?
Longer sight radius, faster velocity, better-stabilized spin on the round as it exits the barrel.Tighter shot groups.
With the exception of the longer sight radius the rest of this is just not true. I mean you may get a tiny bit faster velocity but not enough that would have any affect on the way it shoots.
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Old 07-13-2020, 05:09 PM
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I read research that std velocity ammu with 40gn projectile accelerates within the barrel up to 14, after that, friction starts to slow it down.
With high velocity cartridges it accelerates up to 18.

On .22LR I prefer shorter barrels, as these are generally stiffer and have less whip/harmonics, but that is a personal preference.
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Anything over 22" is simply a waste ballistically speaking, unless you want a longer sight radius for iron sights. If you don't use iron sights then a longer barrel is hurting you not helping you.

And this is coming from a guy who has done both kinds of shooting; Match target and hunting. But do whatever makes you feel better.
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My fav's are 16.25, 16.5 and 18" - 20's get long, cumbersome and I sold all of mine.. I do not shoot open sights.. all my stubbies shoot sub-MOA with mid-grade Std. Vel or Subs .. good/great ammo does not need extra barrel length .. ammo, quality barrel & shooter means more in the end... Charlie, do tell us what you are doing with it.. that does make a difference. If it's dedicated Bench rifle then a longer (20" is good) and Heavy barrel is a GO!
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Old 07-14-2020, 02:24 AM
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All my rim rifles are from '60s on back. So long bbld & heavy. The only light and handy is a rem24 shooting shorts. I like it but open sights and 70 yrs old eyes don't work well. And I won't scope that little beauty.
So gonna buy a 10/22 (my 1st) and keep it as small as possible. Funny as I bought an Axiom stock but not the rifle yet. Think I'll get that compact with the 16.125" bbl. I shoot std & sub in LR and like those 710mv Quiet out of my Sears m25. So figure the 10/22 should do well with the newer 835mv Quiet SA and the federal AE at 970mv.
Just for plinking! The only time I shoot at a target is at sighting in. But I do enjoy steel, bells & wiz bang action shooting.LOL
Thanks for the replies guys.

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