Barrel length for a 6.5x47

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  1. Red Dawg 34

    Red Dawg 34 Silver $$ Contributor

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    I’m considering having a 6.5x47 caliber barrel cut for my present rifle. The rifle has a Defiance action and a Manners stock. I already have .308, 6BR and .223 barrels for this rifle. I’m tired of the recoil of the .308 so I thought about the 6.5x47 for my 1,000 yard barrel. I had a RPR in 6.5 Creedmoor with a 26” Krieger barrel which shot well but was not as accurate as my Defiance rifle.

    I have access to a 31” Krieger blank to use to make the 6.5x47 which has an 8:1 twist. I would most likely shoot the Berger Hybrid Target 140 grain bullet and will test the Berger 144 grain Long Range Hybrid Target bullet. My question to the forum is how long would you recommend cutting the barrel? My .223 and 6BR barrels are Krieger barrels and cut to 29.5”. The .308 is a Hawk Hill barrel and cut to 29”. All 3 barrels shoot lights out in my F Class matches. I shoot F Class matches at 200, 600 and 1,000 yards. If it matters, I’m shooting these matches with a JoyPod bipod but do have a new SEB NEO that I could use for FO class.

    Would greatly appreciate your input.

    Thanks!
     
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  2. Evan

    Evan Gold $$ Contributor

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    Go as heavy/long as your chosen competition class will allow.
     
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    338 dude Gold $$ Contributor

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    I’m not sure about rules for your discipline but keep in mind if you don’t like it you can cut some more off but you cannot put it back on
     
  4. ShootDots

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    I have had 5 / 6.5 x 47 Lapuas for F-Class. I had 1 / 26" (used for F-Open but built BEFORE I knew about F-Class), 2 that were 28" and 2 that were 30".. MY EXPERIENCE has taught me that a 1-8 twist Krieger 4 groove "conventional rifling, in a 28" barrel and a "straight" tube barrel was the most accurate. If I did it over again, strictly for F-Open, that is the barrel I would use>>>I would also get a reamer with a .295 neck and a .165 freebore for use with almost all 140 class bullets..
     
  5. LCazador

    LCazador Competitive shooter and reloader for 50 years+ Silver $$ Contributor

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    I will agree with what shoot dots says above but I don't think you can hang a straight tube over 28" on a Defiance action. What barrel taper are you talking about when you say it's a 31"?
     
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    I have a Defiance Deviant action with a 7mm 32" 1.25 straight tube barrel chambered in a 7mm Sherman Short Mag, with zero problems..
     
  7. Red Dawg 34

    Red Dawg 34 Silver $$ Contributor

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    Thanks guys! This is great information. I forgot to mention that my barrels for the particular stock I have are heavy Palma contours.

    For the F-TR Class I shoot, the weight max is around 18.18 pounds and the F-O Class is around 22 pounds. I have some room because my current rifle with attachments is under 15 pounds. I know some who shoot our matches with 6.5x47 rifles have 28” as well.

    I’ll post a follow up once I have the barrel cut and chambered. Hopefully, I will also be able to post some good match results as well!
     
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