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    Short barrel?

    I'm thinking of having my handi rifle in 223 cut down to 16½" barrel. (Cause I like short rifles)... any potential negative results... besides slight reduction in velocity perhaps? Thanks for the input...
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    I like shorties also, had one of my 35 Rem. Marlins cut back last year.
    I don't own a chrony, the rifle is as accurate as ever.

    Good luck, pics. when your done please.

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    My .223 bbl measures 16 3/4 in. and it makes the rifle look like a toy. Some guys next to me at the range were snickering at it until I started ringing the 400 yd. steel piggie.
    Then, they were wanting to know all about it. : )
    I say, go for it. You will notice a slight bit more "blast" but I'm used to stuff like that.
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    I cut my Classic Carbine to 16" and threaded it for a suppressor. The difference in velocity is negligible with 45 Colt loads and it is a lot handier. With a 223 you can expect more muzzle blast with the shorter barrel though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JC1957 View Post
    I'm thinking of having my handi rifle in 223 cut down to 16½" barrel. (Cause I like short rifles)... any potential negative results... besides slight reduction in velocity perhaps? Thanks for the input...
    Loss of velocity as shown on the BBTI website I PM'd you recently.

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    Short 223’s are loud.

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    My NEF 223 wasn't particularly accurate so I had the barrel cut to 16 1/2". It is plenty accurate now and easier to haul around. What it lost in velocity is more than compensated with accuracy.
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    It shoots fablously now. I'm happy I had it cut down


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