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30" Barrel for a .300 Wby, pro's and cons?

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Unread 12-27-2005, 06:26 PM
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Re: 30\" Barrel for a .300 Wby, pro\'s and cons?

i don't care what length barrel you get,but most would recommend a broughton before lilja.
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Unread 12-28-2005, 11:46 AM
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Re: 30\" Barrel for a .300 Wby, pro\'s and cons?

Daniel, by all means get a 30-inch barrel. A 31-inch would also do. Have it countoured with its reinforce (part in front of the receiver) about 3 inches long at the same diameter. As .300 Wby's are notorious for short barrel life (800-900 rounds best accuracy), you can have the barrel cut off and set back a couple of inches and start over with an effective brand new barrel.

May I suggest a Krieger or Obermeyer barrel. They're the best ones going these days. Lilja barrels are kind of iffy; several international shooters have had to try several of them to find one that shoots very accurate. Get one with a .3075-inch groove diameter and .2990-bore diameter to shoot 30 caliber bullet most accurate.

Whippy slim barrels are just as accurate as stiff thick ones.

And a 1:11 or 1:12 twist should work fine for the .300 Wby. cartridge. I shoot a 1:12 twist .30-.338 that puts 200-gr. match bullets out slower than a .300 Wby. will. None of my 15-shot test groups with it at 1000 yards have been over 7 inches so the bullets are obviously well stabilized and shootin' straight.
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Unread 12-28-2005, 12:10 PM
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Re: 30\" Barrel for a .300 Wby, pro\'s and cons?

Bruce baers laminate will weigh about 2-3 lbs finished depending on which size you get. He makes three sizes. He is making me a small 1.5 lb butternut thumbhole right now.

For a carry gun think you will find that a 30" is a little unwieldy. I would go with a 28" Broughton with the 5c rifleing. The 5c rifling is faster than normal and will give you the velocity of a 30" normally.

Broughton barrels right now are kicking butt in all disciplines. Sorry to say Dan Lilja has had some bad metal with occlusions in it that pop up in the bore after firing.
I am using only Kriegers and Broughtons right now, but Clay builds one hell of a barrel also and his last one for me lasted 4 yrs and 2300 rounds in match 300 WSM.

I would see if I could get one of the 210 SMKs from JBR on and seat it where I wanted it and send to Dave Kiff and get my reamer ground min SAAMI and throated for that bullet. If the reamer is ground for the bullet, think you will find that the 300 Weatherby will go over 1000 rounds at match level accuracy, much less hunting. I know mine did.

stock 2-3 lbs
action 2.75 lbs
barrel 4.5-6 lbs
scope 1.5 lbs

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Unread 12-28-2005, 11:38 PM
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Re: 30\" Barrel for a .300 Wby, pro\'s and cons?

what would the difference in velocity between a 30" 3 groove Lilja and a 30" 5C rifled Broughton be? Is the Broughton Barrel REALLY that good? I ask because i havent heard that much about them, to be quite honest.
thanks for the info!
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