The short 16" barrel is driven by the plan to put a suppressor for next years hunting season. Wyoming is very likely to legalize the use of suppressors for hunting during the next legislature session.
The suppressor will be about 9", added that to a 16 barrel, minus 1" for mounting threads the overall length would be the same as 24" barrel rifle. +or-and inch.
The resulting rifle suppressor combo would be about 45" long, the same size as my 300 win mag with a 24" barrel. These is about as long of a rifle as I like to carry in the field/woods.
I should get some extra bullet speed from the suppressor but it is wise to factor what the rifles performance would be with out the it.
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