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What length to cut the barrel?

ZeeZee Senior MemberPosts: 24,772 Senior Member
I have 3 rifles chambered for the .260 Remington. 
30” Straight Blank Benchrest Rifle
22” Varmint Barrel (Threaded)
22” Sporter Barrel (Non-Threaded)

I want to cut the Sporter barrel shorter and thread it for a brake/suppressor.

Trying to decide if I should go 16” or 18”. 

18” would be enough of a difference from the 22” barrel and maintain some velocity. 

But, 16” sure would be damn handy!  Especially with a suppressor. 

Thoughts?  Suggestions?
"To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
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  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 21,546 Senior Member
    Since the object is threading, I'd go 16.125-16.250" Hopefully you'll end up with a shoulder to butt the suppressor/mount against.
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  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 2,287 Senior Member
    18 or thereabouts 16 is too short. 

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  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 6,703 Senior Member
    I think you’ve proven that if you can see it YOU can hit it.  Will the extra 2” gain you anything in distance?  Would that matter?  If not then 16”.
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  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,772 Senior Member
    GunNut said:
    I think you’ve proven that if you can see it YOU can hit it.  Will the extra 2” gain you anything in distance?  Would that matter?  If not then 16”.
    In reality, if I needed it, I’d just use the 22” barrel gun. Or the 30”. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 6,703 Senior Member
    Zee said:
    GunNut said:
    I think you’ve proven that if you can see it YOU can hit it.  Will the extra 2” gain you anything in distance?  Would that matter?  If not then 16”.
    In reality, if I needed it, I’d just use the 22” barrel gun. Or the 30”. 
    That’s kinda what I was thinking...
    Old West Saying: God created men, but Col. Sam Colt made them equal.

    General George Patton:  “Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.”

  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,772 Senior Member
    And my 16.5” heavy barrel .308 is one of my fav hunting rifles. It’s great for night. Just heavy. Thought a short 6.5 would be handy for day stuff. 

    But, I also love my 18” Ruger Scout in .308 Win. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 6,703 Senior Member
    Zee said:
    And my 16.5” heavy barrel .308 is one of my fav hunting rifles. It’s great for night. Just heavy. Thought a short 6.5 would be handy for day stuff. 

    But, I also love my 18” Ruger Scout in .308 Win. 
    Is the Ruger threaded?
    Old West Saying: God created men, but Col. Sam Colt made them equal.

    General George Patton:  “Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.”

  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,772 Senior Member
    edited November 2020 #9
    Yes. But, it ain’t that light. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • MichakavMichakav Senior Member Posts: 2,817 Senior Member
    Uh.....17". Why not?
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,772 Senior Member
    Damn mediator 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • MichakavMichakav Senior Member Posts: 2,817 Senior Member
    edited November 2020 #12
    Zee said:
    Damn mediator 

    It's the cool factor for me. Who ever says "It has a 17in barrel"? No reason not to.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,772 Senior Member
    Michakav said:
    Zee said:
    Damn mediator 

    It's the cool factor for me. Who ever says "It has a 17in barrel"? No reason not to.
    I already have a 17” XP-100 Specialty Pistol in .260 Remington. 😁
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 6,703 Senior Member
    Zee said:
    Yes. But, it ain’t that light. 
    Then there you go! 
    Old West Saying: God created men, but Col. Sam Colt made them equal.

    General George Patton:  “Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.”

  • MichakavMichakav Senior Member Posts: 2,817 Senior Member
    Zee said:
    Michakav said:
    Zee said:
    Damn mediator 

    It's the cool factor for me. Who ever says "It has a 17in barrel"? No reason not to.
    I already have a 17” XP-100 Specialty Pistol in .260 Remington. 😁
    I literally knew I should have put "rifle" barrel!
  • MichakavMichakav Senior Member Posts: 2,817 Senior Member
    Can we agree on 16.750"?
  • JayJay Senior Member Posts: 3,937 Senior Member
    Michakav said:
    Zee said:
    Michakav said:
    Zee said:
    Damn mediator 

    It's the cool factor for me. Who ever says "It has a 17in barrel"? No reason not to.
    I already have a 17” XP-100 Specialty Pistol in .260 Remington. 😁
    I literally knew I should have put "rifle" barrel!
    It’s a rifle with a pistol grip...🤪

    How much does 2” of that sporter barrel weigh? 🤔 IMO, it doesn’t make a big enough difference, weight or length. So that doesn’t matter much to me. Velocity isn’t an issue, since there’s other guns that fill that gap. What was the question again? 🤓🤷🏻‍♂️

    Oh yeah... pick one... it doesn’t change the world... 😉
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,772 Senior Member
    Less about the weight of the Sporter barrel in regards to those two inches and more about the adding of 6” of suppressor to either one. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 6,703 Senior Member
    Zee said:
    Less about the weight of the Sporter barrel in regards to those two inches and more about the adding of 6” of suppressor to either one. 
    This.  A short barreled rifle is darn handy.  Those 2” matter.
    Old West Saying: God created men, but Col. Sam Colt made them equal.

    General George Patton:  “Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.”

  • JayJay Senior Member Posts: 3,937 Senior Member
    Seems to me, 16” is the answer then. 
  • JayJay Senior Member Posts: 3,937 Senior Member
    Besides, you should have a 17” pistol and a 16” rifle.. 🤣🤓🤪
  • SpkSpk Senior Member Posts: 4,196 Senior Member
    GunNut said:
    Zee said:
    Less about the weight of the Sporter barrel in regards to those two inches and more about the adding of 6” of suppressor to either one. 
    This.  A short barreled rifle is darn handy.  Those 2” matter.

    That's what she said 😅

    Go 16". That 6" suppressor adds some length. 22" overall, that's still handy.
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  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,772 Senior Member
    Jay said:
    Seems to me, 16” is the answer then. 
    I was leaning that way. But, wanted to pose it to the masses. Someone might have a point of view I haven’t considered. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,772 Senior Member
    Jay said:
    Besides, you should have a 17” pistol and a 16” rifle.. 🤣🤓🤪
    Of course. 😁
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,772 Senior Member
    Spk said:
    GunNut said:
    Zee said:
    Less about the weight of the Sporter barrel in regards to those two inches and more about the adding of 6” of suppressor to either one. 
    This.  A short barreled rifle is darn handy.  Those 2” matter.

    That's what she said 😅

    Go 16". That 6" suppressor adds some length. 22" overall, that's still handy.
    AND, that puts us back to its current length........without suppressor. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • sakodudesakodude Senior Member Posts: 4,080 Senior Member
    Is your Ruger scout an 18" bbl? Pretty sure mine is 16"
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,772 Senior Member
    edited November 2020 #27
    sakodude said:
    Is your Ruger scout an 18" bbl? Pretty sure mine is 16"
    Mine is the 18” option. 
    I tested the 16” version but went with the 18” when I purchased because I had the 16.5” heavy barrel already. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,772 Senior Member
    This is what it would look like with a 16.5” barrel. 

    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 6,703 Senior Member
    Zee said:
    This is what it would look like with a 16.5” barrel. 

    I like it!
    Old West Saying: God created men, but Col. Sam Colt made them equal.

    General George Patton:  “Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.”

  • sakodudesakodude Senior Member Posts: 4,080 Senior Member
    That looks to be a pretty handy package at 16.5" I like it!
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 11,308 Senior Member
    Knowing very little about suppressors:
    Does the added length of the suppressor have the same effect of having that much more barrel length?
    If not, then 16"
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