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Hi guys, about 18 months ago I purchased a Howa heavy barrel varmint in.223 ,the barrel is 24" long and l believe it is number 6 profile. Due to recent health issues I am now finding this combo difficult to lug around the fields. Thinking of 2 options either trade in for lightweight rifle or get barrel shortened to 20" to reduce weight.i know i would lose some velocity but would shortening effect accuracy..what do you guys think would be best..



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It depends on what the issue is unbalanced hard to carry or to heavy.  Rebalance with shortening fine and if done well will improve accuracy, to heavy a few inches of won’t make much difference, so trade in or rework the set up lighter mod, stock, scope, shorten etc.  

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