I would shorten to 12 inches BUTApril 6 2012 at 11:36 AM
|Bryan Enoch (Login BEnoch)|
Response to Barrel length question......
I would shorten it to 12 inches as I agree on hating longer barrels and prefer shorter ones BUT...there will be some side effects you need to decide if you can live with or not. If this is a Benjamin/Crosman product, you might be surprised at how cheap a replacement barrel is, should you decide that you don't like it, simply order a new barrel and go back to factory stock.
Shorter is louder, almost always. You might go 12" then put a cocking handle brake on the end and leave some air gap distance between the end of barrel and internal cap of muzzle brake and see if this doesn't help you get a better grip and reduce noise.
Comparing apples to apples, for best results will need shortening and then at least crowning to see how your gun is responding to shorter barrel variations. Cut an inch at a time, re-crown or at least debur the rifling then test.
Even if it's a little slower, I would take the trade off.
Accuracy can change, as it's favorite pellets as well. What shoots good now might look like a shot gun pattern. The quality of your final crown will make a huge difference. You might also want to re-choke it when you have selected your final length and like the crown job. This can aid in several ways, such as less pellet sensitive, more back pressure will aid in piston life, etc.
Best of luck with your project.