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6mm Barrel life burnout?

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Unread 04-28-2010, 10:04 PM
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Re: 6mm Barrel life burnout?

Originally Posted by Long Time Long Ranger View Post
You heard 243's were barrel burners. I heard for years the 30-06 was far superior to the 270 winchester. Then I heard for years how superior the 270 winchester was to the 30-06. All your discussions in all your threads are making about that much sense.

#1. It is your rifle so pick the performance level you want that you are sure will make you happy.
#2 All are very accurate if done properly so that is out of discussion.
#3 Consider how long it will take you to shoot 2000 rounds. If you take care of your rifle most any will get you to that point.
#4 Pick the one that will make you the happiest. Scratch the itch of the one you want.

#1 Performance level. With hunting varmints out west I assume coyotes are in the mix. But prairie dogs, groundhogs whatever. Coyotes do not hang around for a guy fooling with clicks on a slow rifle. Get a super fast varmint rifle you can get on target quickly with. Wind is a huge factor in hunting anything, varmints especially since they are small tartgets. Get a fast rifle to eliminate as much wind drift as possible. Targets don't move and you have all day to shoot slow rifles. Animals don't stay there long for you to fool with a slow rifle and a bunch of clicks.

#2 Accuracy. I will let anyone pick any of my big 6mms and I will gladly shoot against them for $100 a shot. Been there, done that, nobody bets anymore. They include 240 gibbs, 6mm-06 imp, 240 wby, 243 AI. These rifles will shoot 1/2" to 3/4" groups at 300 yards. That will satisfy most shooters. Speaking of heresay, according to a lot you hear the wby's and freebore rifles will not shoot. I will shoot my 240 wby against any rifle. If your rifle will not shoot 1/2" groups at 300 yards don't bother shooting against my 240 wby.

#3 I have never known of a 243 being a barrel burner in over 40 years shooting. To the contrary they are known to be fairly easy on barrels if a guy takes care of them sensibly. 2000 rounds is a lot of shooting. You should get there with a 243 if you take care of it.

#4 I would get the exact facts from reliable data of the cartridges I was interested in and pick the one I liked the best to scratch my itch. I would not let heresay on the internet influence my opinion unless you know the person in particular to have the knowledge and experience he or she claims.
Whats your favorite 6mm? I have a 700 in a 6x284 my buddy opened up and really happy with. Also i have a 243 that shoots well i have been using to sharpen my skills since it is so fun to shoot. Have a spare short action sitting around and was thinking of a new 6mm build on a quality barrel. But i cant complain about the factory rem barrels getting under 1/2 moa. Your thoughts on the build?
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Unread 04-28-2010, 11:45 PM
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Re: 6mm Barrel life burnout?

243AI I like best on a short action.
The 6mm-284 does best on a long action even though it was designed for a short one.
Predictions are difficult, especially when they involve the future
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Unread 05-01-2010, 11:57 AM
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Re: 6mm Barrel life burnout?

Originally Posted by Boss Hoss View Post
Will just say this about “burned out barrels” most of what I have seen when someone says they have a burned out barrel some with just 400 rounds are shocked when the B/S comes out!! Not everyone is included in this BUT most blame the tube when in fact it is just polluted to death!

On a 220 swift I saw a carbon ring that would fit on my finger along with a little throat erosion but not enough to make it shoot as bad as it was. Took the Iosso and got it down to bare metal again and voila---back to normal. This was from a guy who swore that his barrel was clean because the patches had “very little blue” on them so the barrel had to be shot out.. It was layered but all came out.

Love the Bore Scope----one look is worth a thousand expert opinions..
Very Good point Hoss! I've been tuning up a few rifles for friends that have supposedly "clean" barrels. Iosso is a great product as well as Bore Tech Eliminator. The first time I used Eliminator, I couldn't believe how much better it removed copper than anything else I've tried! I also agree that .243's are not barrel burners and there are a LOT of factors other than capacity to bore that cause wear, including but limited to, cleaning, powder charge, powder type, bullet, case design, barrel, number and width of lands etc, etc.....Rich
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Unread 05-02-2010, 02:04 PM
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Re: 6mm Barrel life burnout?

Barrel burner stigmas are generally defined by those who group shoot alot(competitors). This is very challenging to bores, and subtle changes in performance show up immediately. I doubt there is a serious competitor who would stick with a 243 for long(not even in LR competition).
It boils down to Powder amount per bore capacity as the major contributor.
With this, a 6br or undersized 243 is favored.

Hunting use is different really. Keep it clean, keep the barrel cool, and it will last a lifetime. Most hunters could not reach or maintain peak potential from their barrels anyway, much less know when it's forever fading.
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