Re: Is the .223 WSSM really that bad??
MOST people that talk trash about the WSSM line have never done more than look at stats on the internet.
IIRC, the 223WSSM was chrome lined from the factory with both Win and Browning which provided it WAY more than 1000 round barrel life, where some guys are claiming that they are toast after around 500.
Now if you're running an after market barrel, and you're trying to push the envelope...you're barrel life may be less than some of those factory rifles, but still nothing I would be to worried about.
The great majority use them as a hunting rifle, and for that application, it's excellent.
There used to be a test chart floating around the net, that compared actual barrel wear in the factory 220 Swifts, factory 22-250s and factory 223WSSMs and the WSSM with it's chrome lined bore was significantly better in the barrel life department.
I wish I could find it.
If (when) you shoot it out eventually, rebarrel it with a 243 or 25WSSM.
The 243WSSM with 105 Berger Hybrids and a 1:8 twist barrel would DOMINATE in the field. No short action caliber would even come close.
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