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Old 04-03-2011, 10:07 PM
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Average barrel life for .338 Rum

What can I expect for barrel life in a .338 RUM? I shoot max loads.
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Old 04-04-2011, 08:55 AM
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Re: Average barrel life for .338 Rum

What kind of accuracy are you expecting/getting? That's the real question where barrel life is concerned. Answer that, and you may be able to get a ball park figure here. As a rough estimate, I'd say if you're talking about target accuracy, probably 700-800 rounds, possibly twice that as a hunting rifle. But again, it all depends on what you're using it for.
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Old 04-04-2011, 11:47 AM
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Re: Average barrel life for .338 Rum

the .338 isn't as much of a barrel burner as the .300 i'm guessing 1200+
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Old 04-04-2011, 11:51 PM
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Re: Average barrel life for .338 Rum

From all the 338-300 RUM's I built back in the 90's and all the 338 RUM's I have seen since 2001 I can safely say that I seriously doubt you will ever wear the barrel out in either unless you are a pro target shooter. These are not barrel burners and it doesn't even require being in the discussion with these cartridges if you treat it right and take care of it as a long range hunting weapon only. You take it to the range every week and push a 1000 rounds a year through it and yes you could wear one out eventually then.
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Re: Average barrel life for .338 Rum

IMO,

"they" say useful barrel life on a 300 WM is 2500 rounds. I have 3k through mine and still pull off 1/4 MOA groups. Personally I think the issue with barrel life is over cleaning and unproper cleaning. I also recently started HBN Coating at around 2700 rounds with great results. Free bore is the same as when the Rifle was new. I Push 208 gr Amax at 2890 FPS out of a 28" barrel. Thats with about .020 jump into the lands.

Bench rest is most probably a different story as you fire a lot of shots close together which make matters worse.

Bottom line though for what it cost to feed the big .338's a new barrel will likely be the cheapest part of the equation anyways.
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Re: Average barrel life for .338 Rum

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IMO,

"they" say useful barrel life on a 300 WM is 2500 rounds. I have 3k through mine and still pull off 1/4 MOA groups. Personally I think the issue with barrel life is over cleaning and unproper cleaning. I also recently started HBN Coating at around 2700 rounds with great results. Free bore is the same as when the Rifle was new. I Push 208 gr Amax at 2890 FPS out of a 28" barrel. Thats with about .020 jump into the lands.

Bench rest is most probably a different story as you fire a lot of shots close together which make matters worse.

Bottom line though for what it cost to feed the big .338's a new barrel will likely be the cheapest part of the equation anyways.
+ 1 on the poor cleaning-- that'll tear one up for sure

I have lost a few barrels over the years that were cleaned well, and it seemed load intensity, barrel temperature, and velocity/ overbore nature of said round made a difference. And a rough or soft barrel will die a bit earlier as well from rapid fouling accumulation or premature metal wear. I like to shoot when it's cool/ cold out to give my barrels a fighting chance against what I'm throwing at them.
That said, I've never lost a barrel 30 cal or greater, and I do beat on my 30's from time to time.
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Old 12-27-2012, 05:09 PM
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Re: Average barrel life for .338 Rum

Ive burned a few edges up shooting turtles from 900 to 1800 on a pond in the summer. Course I was shooting hundreds of rounds a day. They were around 4k though. And yes the barrel is cheap when you compare to 4k SMKs
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