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Bolt-Action Rifles—16, 20, and 22 Inch Barrels

16, 20, and 22 Inch Barrels

Bolt-Action Rifles

May 29, 2019 | Christensen Arms

There are many reasons you may choose to carry a shorter barrel into the field. Plenty of hunters and shooters appreciate the lighter and more compact format, allowing for easier maneuverability in dense woods and tight quarters. Shorter barrels do generally mean less velocity—but since the barrel is often the heaviest component of any rifle losing a few inches may be worth sacrificing ballistic performance for some users. Smaller firearms can be easier to pack, move, and scale to new heights with. Christensen Arms offers a number of bolt-action rifles in 16 inch, 20 inch, and 22 inch options:


The shortest barrel length we offer, our 16 inch barrels are for those looking to shed everything possible. The Modern Precision Rifle, our BA Tactical, and the TFM all have 16 inch options in 308 Winchester. Those who prefer 6.5 Creedmoor can pick up the same length in the BA Tactical and TFM, and 233 Remington is also available for our Modern Precision Rifle and BA Tactical. Mostly tactical style offerings, our 16 inch barrels are particularly well suited for shooting suppressed.


Our 20 inch barrels are the shortest available on most of our traditional hunting rifles. The Ridgeline and the Traverse both have 20 inch options in 6.5 Creedmoor and 308 Winchester, and there are additional 450 Bushmaster options for the Ridgeline and Mesa. Tactical shooters are also covered, since we offer 20 inch barrels in 308 Winchester for our Modern Precision Rifle, BA Tactical, and TFM rifles as well. The Modern Precision Rifle carries one more 20 inch offering in 223 Remington.


Worried about trimming too much? Look no further than a 22 inch barrel. Our compact Mesa rifle champions the category with offerings in 6.5 Creedmoor, 7MM-08 Remington, and 308 Winchester. On the tactical side the Modern Precision Rifle has a 22 inch 6.5 Creedmoor option, while our BA Tactical rounds out the group with a 223 Remington offering.