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Old 06-23-2019, 01:18 PM
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I've done a considerable amount of reading (that's what you do when you're anal about researching the very life out of a subject) about ideal barrel length for 22LR. Much of the literature seems to indicate that 18" is about right in providing for complete powder burn without providing excessive length that compromises velocity because the bullet is "out of gas."

On the forum I read about the apparent popularity of the 16.25" barrel, instead of the 18" barrel. I have a great deal of respect for the informed feedback of forum members, so I'm looking for some experience-driven advice. What are the arguments for each barrel length, and the rationales behind those arguments? I'm seriously considering a Fedderson barrel and your input will be valuable in helping me shape my decision. Thanks in advance. "It takes a village to build a dang good gun."

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Old 06-23-2019, 02:30 PM
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It's been said many times that everything happens inside of 16 inches but there are other reasons to go longer. I have a Feddersen 18" contoured barrel because I think a shorter barrel looks stupid with a full sized stock. That's just me. I think bull barrels also look stupid but they do serve a purpose on target rifles. They improve stability. Many use longer barrels than they than necessary for a certain look or handling characteristic. You cannot go wrong no matter what length/profile you get from a premier barrel maker like Federsen. You just have to decide what works best for you and what you are doing with the rifle. If you want to do a little bit of everything with one gun look at an 18" med/heavy tapered barrel.

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Old 06-23-2019, 02:31 PM
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Feddersen Barrel Length

I have the 16 inch thru 26 inch barrels, and depending upon your kind of sport, I prefer the balance of the 18 inch for hunting, and the longer barrels for bench. The slender 16 inch barrels are preferred by me than the 16 inch bulls-- everyone has a different in preference. My barrels are from different mfg as well. The 17 inch heavy sporter barrel is ideal for me.
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Old 06-23-2019, 03:55 PM
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I have the 16.25" fluted .920" barrel and couldn't be happier.

this slightly tricked out 10/22 replaced a very accurate Clark Custom 77/22 with a longer .920" barrel that was very heavy.

Much prefer this barrel length and weight! And the accuracy is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!

It out shoot the CRuger, and that is an accurate rifle.

Crusty Deary Ol'Coot
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Old 06-23-2019, 05:44 PM
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First decide the intended purpose for the gun, then buy a barrel based on that!
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I don't believe barrel length on a .22lr has any positive or negative effect after 16". I think it's just a matter of preference. I have many different length barrels. My most accurate barrel is a 16.25" Feddersen but I don't believe it has anything to do with the length. My 3 Kidd barrels ( 2-20" + 1-18") shoot just as good as my other 2 Feddersen barrels (another 16.25" & 18") and almost as good as my best one. IME a 22" barrel can be more accurate than a 16" and vise versa. Some barrels just shoot better than others no matter the length.
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I have a 16.25" Feddersen bull barrel and a range buddy has the 18" version. His barrel will cut a card in half at 50yds (high $$ scope). I have come close with my 16.25" but I have not spent the time/effort to find the preferred ammo like he has. I think if I put a 36x scope on mine I probably could cut a card in half with the ammo I have for it now.
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Old 06-29-2019, 08:01 PM
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I have a 16.25" Feddersen bull barrel and a range buddy has the 18" version. His barrel will cut a card in half at 50yds (high $$ scope). I have come close with my 16.25" but I have not spent the time/effort to find the preferred ammo like he has. I think if I put a 36x scope on mine I probably could cut a card in half with the ammo I have for it now.
Translation... You blame his choice of scope and ammunition for your shortcomings. I love this place!
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I have the 16.25" fluted .920" barrel and couldn't be happier.

this slightly tricked out 10/22 replaced a very accurate Clark Custom 77/22 with a longer .920" barrel that was very heavy.

Much prefer this barrel length and weight! And the accuracy is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!

It out shoot the CRuger, and that is an accurate rifle.

Crusty Deary Ol'Coot

I have the same barrel on my 10-22. Nothing special with mine

Magpul stock and some small trigger upgrades.

After about 400 rounds it shoots great for me. Not bolt gun accuracy but pretty awesome for my needs and compared to the factory it's like night and day
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I have barrels that shoot 1/4-1/3 MOA at 50y with lot sorted ammo in 16.5", 20.5" and 26" lengths. I have barrels that are 1/2 MOA or a little better at 50y 16.5, 17", 18", 22", 24" and 26" lengths. IMO, it is luck of the draw. some barrels just shoot better than others. some barrels may not be as accurate, but arent picky about ammo. rarely do you get one that is stupid accurate but not ammo picky at all. the only way to know is to shoot them, so buy the one you like.
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I have the 16.25" fluted .920" barrel and couldn't be happier.

this slightly tricked out 10/22 replaced a very accurate Clark Custom 77/22 with a longer .920" barrel that was very heavy.

Much prefer this barrel length and weight! And the accuracy is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!

It out shoot the CRuger, and that is an accurate rifle.

Crusty Deary Ol'Coot
Mr. Ol'Coot sir:

Did that stock come from Clark, or did you source it somewhere else?

Nothing better than a beautiful rifle. Except a beautifully shooting beautiful rifle!

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Lots of choices. Buy what seems best for your needs. Recently I bought 4 GM barrels, and Iím happy with them all. 17 inch heavy taper, a 20 inch std taper, a 28 inch bull barrel and a 22 inch Running Boar. So far the heavy and std taper shoot fine , but not spectacular 1 MOA or a little less with cci Sv. Th 28 inch shoots 3/4 MOA with Aguila SV or Blazer, but the CCI SV drops like a rock and shoots like CCI quiet, ie it sucks. But the Running Boar is spectacular, 1/2 MOA with CCI SV.it hates Aguila SV. It may end up as my best shooting 1022. None of these barrels have more than 200 rounds thrust them , so will probably get better as a find the best torque and the pressure points, and tighten the barrel with a little more lead.

But in my experience itís not the length that matters, itís the cut, from chamber to bore to crown that matter, and that varies widely from barrel to barrel.

Federson has a great reputation, and Iím sure any barrel you buy from them will be good. Letís hope you luck out and get a great one. Call them and ask, which length one today has the best chance of being a great one. Buy that!
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Old 06-30-2019, 09:47 AM
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Translation... You blame his choice of scope and ammunition for your shortcomings. I love this place!
Your translation/opinion is nowhere near being correct nor on topic. After reviewing some of your other posts, I can see you have a higher opinion of yourself than others do.
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Dan,

The stock is a "used" piece that I found by way of a local on line classifieds.

I think the seller said it was a Fajen, but if so, it is likely a Midway/Fajen.

It was overly long for the 16.25" barrel, so I cut it off 3" then added back the 1.5" piece of walnut for a fore end tip. Then didn't like the bulk so added the finger grooves on the router table.

Finish on the stock in the bench rest shot with the different ammos was a satin spray on "rattle can" finish. Looked fine until it sat over winter and turned cloudy, at which time I again stripped the stock and refinished it with TruOil.

Thought I'd try the rifle with the barrel floated before I did anything about bedding and it just shoots so very well I haven't touched the bedding. Kind of a, "if it's not broke don't fix it," way of thinking.

Crusty Deary Ol'Coot
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When I got my Feddersen 16.25" bull, Fred said it was the most accurate. Haven't tried the 18" Feddersen, yet. Just wish I had got the "polished" finish when ordering. It's his company, and if anyone should know, well..... he does. I have read there is something to "projectile stabilization" with a longer barrel but evidently, not at 50 yards. At least with mine. It shoots great. I really think either length will scratch your itch. .... AH
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