.22-250 Remington Re-barrel
I've have a Remington 700 ADL in .22-250 I bought when I was a kid (first credit union loan when I was 14). It was stolen from my dad's house in 1980 (Idaho) while I was in Colorado working construction. About eight years ago my dad called and said the ISP had returned the rifle after finding it while investigating a domestic violence call. I flew to Idaho and brought the rifle home to Alaska with me. The rifle was refinished in Black T, a factory Remington synthetic stock added and topped with a Leupold 3x9. It was a tack driver when I was a kid but now won't group under 1 1/2" except with 40gr. bullets and the groups still aren't great. I suspect the barrel was shot out while it was stolen. I've removed the copper fowling and things haven't improved. I'm thinking about re-barreling it for .22-250AI and having the action squared and lugs lapped. I will probably shoot mostly 52-55gr. bullets and 40gr. when I want to crank up the velocity. What barrel length do you guys recommend? I'm leaning toward a 24" since this will be a light weight varmint gun but would consider 26" if the gain would be worth it. Perhaps a #2 with minimal fluting would be the ticket. Also, what do think about a 9 twist? I may occasionally shoot 70 grain bullets but not all that often.
Thanks for your help,
Doug in Alaska
Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to beat you to death with it because it is empty.