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Old 01-02-2011, 07:32   #1
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Long Range with Bullpup

If you have a 20" -24" barrel Bullpup can you expect the same accuracy as with a comparable 20" - 24" barreled rifle?

Is there a different technique associated with long range Bullpup shooting?
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Old 01-03-2011, 01:04   #2
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It really depends on the rifles in question. The bullpup aspect itself does not mechanically change the accuracy potential.

My experience with "good" bullpup LR rifles is limited to a couple dozen rounds through a DTA SRS.

Bullpup rifles tend to be more rear heavy which can make them balance differently off a bipod. FWIW, the "top 308" shooter at the 2010 Steel Safari shot a 20" .308 DTA SRS (but it did have a big .338 suppressor on the end).

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Old 01-05-2011, 05:31   #3
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When I first started looking at Bullpups my thought was that the shorter overalll length is a plus and the full length rifle barrel will give me comparable accuracy (another plus). How can I go wrong?

When I first got the bullpup (M17S) I practiced with it like a close range tactical rifle. No problem, excellent accuracy everything was fine. Then I put a scope and a bi-pod on it and gave it a try at 100 yards and out. Not only did I see a difference in results here, but I could feel it too. Thats why I feel like it is a bullpup design thing and not a rifle accuracy issue. It was very different to shoot.

It seems like the overall length of a standard rifle is an extension of the barrel allowing you better accuracy (it seems easier to steady). With the bullpup it seems like a small error at my hand or shoulder will equal a much bigger variance at the target. Bigger than with a standard rifle and much more difficult to steady.

Just wondering if anyone has a similar experience or tips to help.
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A few problems here. First, a longer barrel does not help mechanical accuracy (it does not necessarily harm it either). Second, the M17S isn't a precision rifle.

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It seems like the overall length of a standard rifle is an extension of the barrel allowing you better accuracy (it seems easier to steady).
This is the rear-heavy balance issue I referred to.

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With the bullpup it seems like a small error at my hand or shoulder will equal a much bigger variance at the target
This goes along with the prior point, but it is more likely a difference in the bipod position. The further the bipod is from your shoulder, the less POA movement you'll see when the rear of the gun moves (ie at your shoulder).
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