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why shorten a .300 wsm barrel

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by yotehunter, Jan 1, 2011.

  1. yotehunter

    yotehunter north west Active Member

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    So today I drove up to Lacey WA to Cabelas. While I was there I was looking at the used rifles and found a good looking Remington 700 SPS in .300 WSM. Everything looked great on this rifle except someone had done a really good job and cut down the barrel and re-crowned it. I bought it anyways because it was a really really good deal and I can get another barrel for it. My question is why would someone have gone to all the work to shorten it to 16.5" from 24"?
     
  2. UncalledForGabe

    UncalledForGabe Aloha Or. Member

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    Because it looks "cool" despite the major velocity loss. Duh! :)
     
  3. yotehunter

    yotehunter north west Active Member

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    haha what was I thinking?
     
  4. UncalledForGabe

    UncalledForGabe Aloha Or. Member

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    Not to mention the sweet flash burn from the huge muzzle flash!
     
  5. yotehunter

    yotehunter north west Active Member

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    yeah picked it up for $300... Now I got to decide what new barreled caliber to go with.
     
  6. Spitpatch

    Spitpatch Forest Grove, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    What the previous owner accomplished was turning his "Short Mag" into most probably an anemic .308. Maybe he owns stock in a powder company and was single-handedly trying to boost sales, or perhaps he enjoyed the dual benefit of igniting all vegetation around him for a warming fire after the shot.
     
  7. rodell

    rodell Newcastle, WA Active Member

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    So it would fit on his ATV? Golf bag?
     
  8. KalamaMark

    KalamaMark Kalama Wa Well-Known Member

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    Ever try and hunt the coast range? 200 yards into that salal, salmonberry, blackberry and vine maple thicket would make that barrel mod seem brilliant.