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June 8, 2011, 12:36 AM
This may be a newbie question but I just dont know...

I have a new Remmington 700 in .308, but it does not have the heavy barrel. I plan to use it for range shooting and hunting.

What limitations will this lighter barrel limit me to at the range?

June 8, 2011, 12:46 AM
Nothing really, less repeated shots back to back because it will heat up faster is about it.

June 8, 2011, 12:49 AM
So what would a "heavy" barrel have over I guess what would be a regular barrel?

June 8, 2011, 01:22 AM
Well it would take longer to heat up, naturally due to being thicker. Also from what i understand, and i'm not positive on this, but a barrel flexes or shifts in a sense when you fire a round through it, a heavy barrel as such flexes less thus usually being more accurate. But that being said if the barrel is a good barrel it's going to be accurate and usually it's hard to find an un-accurate .308. We have a old Rem. 700 .308 with a very thin sporter profiled barrel, thing has been a tack driver since my father bought it in his youth. All in all you have nothing to worry about, unless you want a heavy barrel.

June 8, 2011, 07:44 AM
One day in a fit of curiosity, I started putting a caliper on my rifle barrels. The Remington sporter taper is larger than my Savage sporter taper at the muzzle. It's got more metal, so it should be stiffer if all things are equal, and in rifles, all things are never equal.

It's fashionable these days to use heavier barrels. Some of this fashion is from the extreme accuracy the benchrest guys get from their heavy barrel rifles, the other motivator to this fashion is from the magnificent job our guys are conducting in the sandbox with sniper rifles.

Don't misunderstand, I'm not discounting the absolutely marvelous job our guys are doing in the Middle East. They're young men, magnificently fit and they're lugging around 10-12 pound rifles in conditions that would give an old fart like me the dry heaves.

Heavy barrels are stiffer than sporting tapers. They don't vibrate as much when the bullet travels down the tube and they are easier to hold steady. That muzzle-forward weight contributes to good accuracy.

However, a standard sporting taper is eminently shootable, capable of fine accuracy. My Remington 700 is a 1983 model with the sporter taper and it turns in fine accuracy, in the neighborhood of 0.9" with my handloads and my indifferent shooting technique. In the hands of a capable rifleman it might show me how well it can shoot, but in the overall scheme of things I'm pleased with it.


You'll do fine with that rifle.

June 11, 2011, 10:42 AM
I've bought and built tons of guns over the years and the one I keep coming back to for a hunting rifle is the Remington 700 BDL or ADL. Doesn't really matter. That gun in .30-06 or .270 will touch it's own holes from 100-300yds. Plus, they're light and don't kick much. If you get one used, and get tired of it, you can always get rid of it for what you gave! :D

June 11, 2011, 11:05 AM
A hunting rifle is light:

Hunting rifles are carried 99% of all hunting hours, and only shot 1% of the time, OR LESS!

A target rifle is heavy for multiple reasons based on sound reasoning!

Choose one, because either has limitations. Which use will you do more. Hauling an 11 to 12 pound rifle or more up the mountains in Colorado for a week or so will make up your mind for you, TRUST ME!


You can shoot a lightweight rifle at the range, and work around its limitations, which is easier than carrying a Heavy rifle every season all about, so you look better at the range.

June 11, 2011, 08:25 PM
On the bench, I shoot a heavy barreled Rem 700 in .308. Out in the field, I carry a Winchester Model 70 in .270 Win. It has a tapered barrel and is considerably lighter than the Remmie. It is very accurate...