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Old 11-03-2019, 10:28 AM
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Looking at rimfire rifle that has two different barrels. One version has a bull barrel and the other has a slightly longer rifle barrel. I know the bench rest guys opt for the bull barrel, but my thought is the longer barrel will be better for longer shots?

This will be a dedicated varmint rifle.
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Old 11-03-2019, 10:36 AM
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Only if you’re running iron sights. Id go bull barrel unless you're going to be toting it around . off a bag or a bipod the bull is usually better, but not much. So buy what looks better, feels better, and you'll be happier, and therefore shoot better
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Old 11-03-2019, 07:51 PM
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After 16" it doesn't matter if your barrel is 40" long, that's not going to make it more accurate. Even at long range a stiffer bbl is still going to give you less "barrel whip" than a 22" tapered. That's not to say that the 22" tapered can't be more accurate than the 16" .920, just odds are better with the bbl for better accuracy.

I didn't realize this was under 17HMR but I still think the same thing generally applies. There's a reason why varmint and target guns have thicker barrels.

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Copy that. I'm just now getting interested in rimfire rifles.
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Old 11-04-2019, 03:03 PM
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I currently have two 17HMRs. My Anschutz 1517MPR has a heavy 25" target barrel and is wicked accurate. My Sako FinnFire II has a .22" sport barrel and is almost as accurate. The Annie is a perfect prairie dog rifle, which I shoot off of sand bags. Being a much lighter gun, I carry the Sako in the woods for squirrels. Both are well suited to those tasks. Not sure the length made much difference, but the weight sure does. That has been true of my centerfire rifles too. Had a Ruger 77/17 and it had aa 22" sporter barrle, but would shoot badly when the barrel heated up.
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I'd say 18-20 is really all you need for barrel length from a performance standpoint, but I'll add, even though a 18-20 inch barrel may seem a little odd looking to some, once you get used to shooting them with the the shorter length barrels, anything longer feels like you're swinging a club. My shorter barreled rifles have almost ruined me from using anything else and my longer barreled ones spend A LOT more time in the safe than do the shorter ones.
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