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Is the .223 WSSM really that bad??

 
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Old 08-27-2013, 07:55 PM
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Is the .223 WSSM really that bad??

I bought a .223 wssm with a 26" Lilja barrel and buying a mcmillan stock for it. I will be building 500 rounds for it. So my question is, is it really as bad as everybody says. Barrel burner?? Bad fouling??

Any advise please really second guessing the new gun..
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Old 08-27-2013, 09:25 PM
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Re: Is the .223 WSSM really that bad??

Most of the people who I know who got one said the biggest problem was getting the cartridges to feed correctly from the mag. I will say that none of these individuals shot a lot though, so I can't speak for barrel wear.
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Old 08-27-2013, 10:04 PM
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Re: Is the .223 WSSM really that bad??

Why worry about it? If you get to the point where your barrel shoots like crap you will probably be ready for something different and if you love it I am sure you will love it enough to put a new barrel on it.

I shoot the 243 WSSM and I love it. Feeds perfectly and my stealth II shoots under 1/2" without touching the gun.
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Old 08-28-2013, 11:34 PM
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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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Old 08-29-2013, 09:18 AM
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Re: Is the .223 WSSM really that bad??

I just bought a 223 wssm still waiting on it to arrive) it is my second one. my first one I didnt have very long but I was getting some amazing velocities out of it. I plan to shoot as heavy of a barrel as the 10 twist will stabilize and use it for coyotes, deer and antelope. i think if you take care of it. it should last you at least 1000 rounds but I would think even more, heat ruins barrels so dont get it too hot and take good care of it you will be fine
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Old 08-29-2013, 09:33 AM
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Re: Is the .223 WSSM really that bad??

I am not knowledgeable enough to comment but what I saw in my reloading books for this caliber was to me very, very, impressive.
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Old 08-29-2013, 11:55 AM
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Re: Is the .223 WSSM really that bad??

thanks guys, made me feel better on spending the money

And yes the velocitys this little thing can crank out is pretty impressive i agree. Ill work up some loads shortly and let you guys know what i find.
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