Originally Posted By: 4onaside
 Originally Posted By: steven stone
you are correct 4onaside. If you really want a long range rifle your talking around a 30 inch barrel.
I realize that anything beyond 26" inches becomes impractical from a handling standpoint(although I once owned a model 95 chilean mauser that had a 29" barrel, which I cut off to a more practical length). Most all of your ballistics tables use 26" barrels to arrive at their figures. I own two 26"rs, one of which I just bought for my next year's(hopefully, LOL) prarie goat hunt. However, at the ranges that most of us shoot for whitetails all of this is really immaterial, 18, 20, 26, or whatever.
I DO NOT own ANY rifles with 26" barrels, much less two of them! This statement has long since past, but I thought about it in my car and realized that I have apparently slipped over the edge. I own two with 24" inch barrels. Any longer and I probably couldn't hold them up! Now that I have corrected this mis-speak I can slip back into my coma.LOL
Lord, keep your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth