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#4917737 - 02/08/11 09:13 PM Barrel length for 7x57 mauser?
alaskahunter Offline
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I'm re-barreling a VZ24 7x57 Mauser (98)sporter with a new 7x57 barrel. What length barrel do you guys reccommend? Short is handy, but not at all necesary. Will 24' give the best accuracy? Thanks. I'll hunt deer and caribou. Shots range 40 to 300 yds.

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#4917743 - 02/08/11 09:15 PM Re: Barrel length for 7x57 mauser? [Re: alaskahunter]
nsaqam Offline
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Registered: 05/01/08
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Whatever balances best with the rest of the rifle.

I'm thinking you'll end up at 21 to 23 inches.
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#4917814 - 02/08/11 09:43 PM Re: Barrel length for 7x57 mauser? [Re: nsaqam]
Paddler Offline
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Registered: 03/19/10
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Accuracy is not a function of barrel length. My preference for standard calibers is 24".

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#4918297 - 02/09/11 06:14 AM Re: Barrel length for 7x57 mauser? [Re: Paddler]
eclectic Offline
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Registered: 08/22/04
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Mine is a short chambered 24" 1/10 Pac-Nor on a VZ. It is balanced out in looks by a 14.25 LOP. Velocity runs just shy of 3K with 140's.

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#4918756 - 02/09/11 08:16 AM Re: Barrel length for 7x57 mauser? [Re: alaskahunter]
Savage_99 Offline
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Registered: 09/01/03
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What is the 'sporter' like? Is a special stock that will fit only one barrel shape or larger or is it a cut down military gun?

Why do you want to replace the current barrel and how does it shoot now?

I see little sense in selecting the 7-57 for a large ring full length action.

In general I like the Winchester Featherweight barrel contour and a 22" length.

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#4918855 - 02/09/11 08:45 AM Re: Barrel length for 7x57 mauser? [Re: Savage_99]
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Registered: 09/24/04
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Mine has a 22" barrel. I wouldn't change a thing.

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#4918939 - 02/09/11 09:04 AM Re: Barrel length for 7x57 mauser? [Re: TNrifleman]
Mule Deer Offline
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Registered: 07/24/01
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Loc: Banana Belt, Montana
I've had 7x57's with barrels from 21" to 26". They all killed stuff, but balanced differently. If you can figure out what barrel length balances best for YOU, then that's probably the best one.
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#4918955 - 02/09/11 09:08 AM Re: Barrel length for 7x57 mauser? [Re: alaskahunter]
HunterJim Offline
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Registered: 03/28/03
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Loc: Santee, CA, USA
The 7X57 from Mauser in Sporter configuration came with a 600 mm barrel (23.6") from Jon Speed's book...jim
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#4918994 - 02/09/11 09:18 AM Re: Barrel length for 7x57 mauser? [Re: HunterJim]
bea175 Offline
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Registered: 02/15/02
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Loc: Kpt.,TN , Montgomery, Co, VA
I built mind with a 24 inch barrel which is my favorite barrel length on a bolt action rifle regardless of cal
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#4919004 - 02/09/11 09:21 AM Re: Barrel length for 7x57 mauser? [Re: HunterJim]
Savage_99 Offline
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Registered: 09/01/03
Posts: 12454
I like the shooting, the feel and the handling of an old well worn ZB 21h I use. It has the double square bridge action with factory mounts and a Dakota M70 type safety.

The rifle is narrow! It carries well in my hand. Just an old rifle with some style.

It has the original 20.5" barrel with irons on it.



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