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Old 08-30-2011, 04:35 PM
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243win barrel life.

what sort of barrel life can one expect out of a 243? 6mmbr.com estimates around 1500 +/- depending on how one shoots, to me that is SHORT!! and i know if it was only for hunting, that would be fine, but what if i like to play at the range a lot? (my nextdoor neighbor has 200yds in his property.)

i dont want to deal with ridiculous barrel cooling, like 2 shots then cool for an hour (exaggerated) but regular 5ish rounds let it chill is ok.

anyway, what could one expect, and any suggestions on how to extend it would be much appreciated.
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Old 08-30-2011, 05:59 PM
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Re: 243win barrel life.

For 200 yards slow your loads down and I would think you would see 3 to 4 thousand.
It's burning fast hot powders that take the throat out. Coarse on the other hand...
I always wore a worn out barrel like a badge of honor.
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Old 08-30-2011, 06:12 PM
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Re: 243win barrel life.

it'll be mostly shot by my fiance. i was thinking of this as a great all around gun for her first rifle. but i also want to shoot it lol
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Re: 243win barrel life.

A 243 is a barrel burner.
Think hunting cartridge.

Only way I can think of to extend it's life, beyond cooling between shots, is melonite treatment.
Melonite Surface Treatment for Barrels, Bolts, and Actions Daily Bulletin
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Re: 243win barrel life.

Barrels are made to be replaced. That why they screw on to the action. If you shoot it out from lots of practice or plinking you can rebarrel it in 260 Rem, 7mm-08, or 308 Win which will all last longer. In my opinion 1500 rounds is acceptable. Be glad you didn't buy a 223 WSSM 264 Win Mag, 7mm Rem Ultra, or 30-378 Weatherby which are good for 1000 or less. Even for these hot chamberings the ammo to burn it out costs several times more than a replacement barrel.

If you think about it in terms of the time the barrel is actually in use with a bullet going though, a 243 Win barrel has a working life of about three seconds.

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Re: 243win barrel life.

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For 200 yards slow your loads down and I would think you would see 3 to 4 thousand.
It's burning fast hot powders that take the throat out. Coarse on the other hand...
I always wore a worn out barrel like a badge of honor.
I consider gun barrels like tires. If you want high speed plan to spend some money.
It's hard to wear out a 22LR or 45 ACP barrel by shooting it.
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Old 08-30-2011, 10:42 PM
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Re: 243win barrel life.

yea, i know the ammo part is way more expensive, i just don't want her or my self to have to deal with the barrel settling in, and then having to replace it like 3-600 shots later and go through the process all over again.
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