The Blaser R8 rifle can be had with several barrel lengths, the standard profile barrel for standard calibers is 22 ¾” but an optional short barrel is also available. The short barrel is 20 ½“ and comes at a higher cost, about a 40% premium. The short barrel is handier, but how much velocity do you loose and what about accuracy?
I thought it might be interesting to take a look at these two questions because I don’t think these factors are well understood. My favorite R8 barrel is a short, semi-weight, fluted barrel with sights chambered in 9.3X62. I’ve found this barrel to be wonderfully accurate and handles like a dream. But I’m often asked, “don’t you give up a lot of velocity with that short barrel”? And “surely it can’t be as accurate as a longer barrel, I bet you give up a lot of range don’t you?” [Read more…] about Blaser R8 Rifle Barrels Review