Originally Posted by Planenut
Wanting to add a 7 rem mag or 7 STW to my collection. I do reload and expect to use the berger 168 VLD. What kind of barrel life can I expect from these?
Looking for a Sendero but will probably have to settle for a standard Remington 700 and upgrade the barrel down the road as well as add a bell and Carlson stock. I'm from SC so game does not get that big.
Currently reloading for 270 Win with Berger Classic hunters in 130 VLD's getting 2960 with a 22 inch Boss barrel. Also Reloading pistol calibers.
Start with a quality stainless barrel. Break it in, then get it melonited.
Following that just use common sense and don't shoot it hot and it will last you many thousands of rounds.
There is some throat erosion with each shot you take but it accelerates exponentially if you shoot long strings without letting it cool down.
As a rule I never shoot more than 3 shots without letting it cool down at least five minutes and even my factory Rem barrel in my original STW shows no noticeable wear and it's over twenty years old.
I actually was planning to have it re-barreled with a longer and heavier contour barrel than it came with a couple of years back but my gunsmith scoped it and said "don't bother".
He saved me about a grand that day and the truth is, it's still a sub MOA rifle shooting the same Winchester Supreme 140gr that I bought in bulk right after I bought the rifle.
Here's the rifle.
Longest Bobcat ever... .