Re: 300 win mag barrel Q's
I have gotten 2500 rounds before accuracy starts to go away. I have just started coating bullets with HBN to see how barrel life is. I think cut rifle barrel tend to last longer as they clean easier. No science to back that up other than I get more life out of my barrels than other claim who have button rifled or OE Tubes. The 300 WM is an excellent hunting round and a pretty darn good long range target round out to 1500 yards with the heavy VLD's. It has it's issue when reloading. The belt can create an extra step. The case neck is short which doesnt help with barrel life.
I plan on a bear hunt in the next couple year so I am thinking of turning my Custom 700 into a 338 Edge for Target shooting. It has a 10 Kreiger and the Mcmillan A5 is already inleted for a heavy tube I dont want to take a 15# rifle on a bear hunt. I'd like to pick up a stainles savage in .300 win for hunting. It would make me sick to not have a 300 wm in the arsenal as i have a lot of time and effort invested in this round and have learned it's quirks.
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