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Old 08-13-2014, 08:49 PM
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16" or 18" feddersen barrel, which shoots better?



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Building a bull barrel rifle and was wondering if one size shoot better then the other.
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Old 08-14-2014, 10:40 AM
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When I was talking with Fred a couple years ago, I wanted a barrel that was a little heavier out front.
So I decided on a 18", even though he had mentioned better results with the 16".
Still had good results with the 18", averaging in the mid .400s with the likes of WMT.
So if the 16 is better I cant see that it would be much.
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Old 08-18-2014, 09:42 AM
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I can't believe there isn't more thoughts or opinions on this.
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Old 08-18-2014, 09:59 AM
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18"

My 18" does very well with Center X
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Old 08-18-2014, 02:26 PM
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It's not enough difference to make a difference. Individual variances between barrels is a far greater factor. Even between to seemingly identical barrels.
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:49 PM
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Earlier this year I had my Feddersen (and KIDD) Barreled 16'' 10/22s out in Montana shooting gophers. Both guns got kills out past 200 yards, even with wind and cheap HV ammo they both patterned great at those distances.

I would never want the extra length or weight of a 18+'' barrel IMO.
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Old 08-19-2014, 06:14 AM
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My 18" bull one hole groups @ 50yds. I do not own any shorter than 17"
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Old 08-19-2014, 09:13 AM
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I don't think the difference between 16 and 18 would affect accuracy at all. If you are using iron sights, you would prefer the longer sight radius. If you are position shooting, you will prefer the steadier hold of the slightly heavier, longer barrel.
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Old 08-19-2014, 09:38 AM
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I just received my 18" bull fluted from feddersen. I haven't shot with it yet, but that thing is heavy.

According to the weights though it is .2 lbs heavier than the 16" bull fluted or even just .1 lbs heavier than the 16" bull with no fluting...

I am not experienced enough to know if .2 or .1 lbs is that much of a difference but it may matter if you're trying to get as light as you can with your built with the parts you want.
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Old 08-19-2014, 10:56 AM
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When I was talking with Fred a couple years ago, I wanted a barrel that was a little heavier out front.
So I decided on a 18", even though he had mentioned better results with the 16".
Still had good results with the 18", averaging in the mid .400s with the likes of WMT.
So if the 16 is better I cant see that it would be much.
This.

I would think the man (Fred) who builds the barrels would know better than anyone else.
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Old 08-19-2014, 11:29 PM
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Smile 16 verses 18

I have both set ups can't tell a bit of differance
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Old 08-21-2014, 09:32 AM
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i have both set ups can't tell a bit of differance
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I would think the man (Fred) who builds the barrels would know better than anyone else.
I just read Fred's answer to this on another thread (Thumbs up for Feddersen!!! page 2):

Hello,
16.25 shoots a little better than 18 inch.
Fred

There was no quantification on how "little better". He explains later on the same thread that this is because the longer barrel vibrates more.

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