Privacy guaranteed - Your email is not shared with anyone.

Welcome to Glock Forum at

Why should YOU join our forums?

  • Reason #1
  • Reason #2
  • Reason #3

Site Description

16" Bull barrel for long-range

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by Willard, Feb 20, 2013.

  1. Willard

    Willard Who, me?

    Jan 2, 2000
    Hi all!

    I once ran across a website that had LOTS of info regarding long-range shooting. I think it was connected to a group that offered training also. They had a really thought-out section on why a long-range gun's optimum barrel length was 16 inches. I can't find this website anymore, or any additional info regarding the 16" Bull barrel approach. Can anyone help me find this website? Or, offer opinions on this concept?

  2. Willard

    Willard Who, me?

    Jan 2, 2000

  3. Tarant


    Jan 15, 2011
    Southern Oregon
    I would imagine it may be caliber dependent/specific. I know that the idea of shorter barrels is very popular since a short stiff barrel flexes less than a longer barrel at a loss of muzzle velocity. Barrel harmonics is a very interesting subject.

    I do remember reading something over at Snipershide but cant remember much more, sorry. They have an online training section too.
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2013
  4. What would their definition of long-range shooting be? To me, it'd be anything past 300 or 400 yards, and, no matter what the calibre, a 16" barreled rifle will really struggle to keep up with 20" or 26" barreled rifles.

    Muzzle velocity will be tough to maintain with a short-barrled rifle, and lower muzzle velocity means more drop, more wind drift, and a shorter range before the bullet goes subsonic. As much as I like a shorter rifles, if I'm looking for accuracy past 400 yards, I'm looking at 20" and up.

    I've shot my 26" .308 Rem 700 with 180 gr loads out to 800m (about 880 yards) and that's about my comfortable limit...other shooters with a lower ballistic coefficient round had their rounds tumble before hitting the target.
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2013


    May 12, 2012
    Used to shoot 1000 yards and 600 yards 6mm Remington.....30" barrel. Get all you can out of it!!!!! Lol

    posted using Outdoor Hub Campfire
  6. TexasVine


    Feb 9, 2010
    Central Texas
    I consider Long Range anything outward of 600 yards. I would much prefer using a 24" for acurracy over the performance of a 16". I have both.
  7. mgs

    mgs Always Carrying Millennium Member

    Dec 21, 1998
    cogan station, pa, usa
    16" is a great length for a .22 Long Rifle. Velocity = Barrel Length is Optimum. That's about it. 300 Blackout and 7.62x39 in a 16" AR/AK is great also. I have a 16" Beretta CX4 Carbine in .40S&W that bumps velocity a few hundred fps also (1,450fps). Most larger rifle cartridges like 20" to 26" barrels. 30" Barrels shine at 1000yds.
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2013
  8. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    Each specific caliber/type of powder is different. 16" seems short though.
  9. dkf


    Aug 6, 2010
    Any gun/caliber I would use for accurate "long range" shooting would not have a 16" barrel on it that is for sure.
  10. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson

    Jul 10, 2001
    We often read in the gunzines and gunboards about long ranges with short barrels.
    I think it is more in the nature of a stunt, nothing you would do on purpose unless you were a SWATter and getting your rifle in the trunk was more important than true long range.