16" vs 24" .308 Win Velocity...

Guy Miner

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Apr 6, 2006
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Recently tested five different .308 Winchester ammo types, two handloads and three factory loads, in both my 24" Rem 700 and a 16" barreled rifle built by Gavin. I knew the 16" would do rather well. There's roughly a 200 fps difference between the two rifles with bullet weights from 125 - 175 grains:

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FYI, if you're researching short-barrel rifle ballistics, take a look at the "pistol" section Hodgdon's online Data Center offers. It's intended for users of specialty pistols with 15" barrels but is real useful for folks building or buying shorter-barreled rifles as well.

Regards, Guy
 
Recently tested five different .308 Winchester ammo types, two handloads and three factory loads, in both my 24" Rem 700 and a 16" barreled rifle built by Gavin. I knew the 16" would do rather well. There's roughly a 200 fps difference between the two rifles with bullet weights from 125 - 175 grains:

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FYI, if you're researching short-barrel rifle ballistics, take a look at the "pistol" section Hodgdon's online Data Center offers. It's intended for users of specialty pistols with 15" barrels but is real useful for folks building or buying shorter-barreled rifles as well.

Regards, Guy
Short barrels work just fine 💥
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My 15.75" 308 center-grip XP-100 runs the 155 grain A-Max at 2555 fps with H-4895 and Hornady brass
 
Quite a few years back I ran one of my handloads for the .308 through two rifles. A Ruger M77 RSI with 18.5" barrel and a Winchester M70 with 22" barrel, The load was Winchester brass and WLR primer, 49.0 gr. W760 (Max load BTW) and the 165 gr. Speer Hot Core.

RSI: 2550 FPS average for 5 shots.
M70 2610 FPS average for 5 shots.

FWIW, that RSI is probably my favorite deer rifle with that load. I has accounted for quite a few deer from 30 feet to 250 yards. I just like the way it handles.
Paul B.
 
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