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Barrel Life

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Unread 10-11-2004, 09:56 AM
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Barrel Life

How long do barrels last? What can you do from keeping them from wearing out? How many rounds should i be expecting to get through a 223, 30-06, 308, and 30-30?
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    Unread 10-11-2004, 01:11 PM
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    Re: Barrel Life

    I have shot out 2 rifles,a 22/250 and a 25/06. but different barrels have different
    lives.Several hundred rounds each to be sure.I would say to have longivity in a barrel, don't run maximum loads all time,clean your rifle after you shoot and don't rapid fire your rifle.Erosion a real killer of rifles, keep the erosion in check and you will have longer barrel life. I am sure others can give some better ideas!
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    Unread 10-11-2004, 02:07 PM
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    Re: Barrel Life

    People who compete in long range target rifle competition expect 4-5000 accurate round through either the .223 or the .308.
    F-class competitors with 6.5-284 only expect 1500-2000.
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    Unread 10-11-2004, 03:58 PM
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    Re: Barrel Life

    I have a Savage in 223 and that is what i was woundering about. But i am looking at rifles chambered in the other rounds.
    So by cleaning my rifle every time and not shooting large number of rounds at a fast rate is what i am understanding.
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    Unread 10-11-2004, 04:37 PM
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    Re: Barrel Life

    I have a 257 WBY and every time I shoot it I wait until the barrel cools before shooting again. I was told by doing this I could expect to get 4000 rounds thru it and still be a good barrel.
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    Unread 10-11-2004, 05:31 PM
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    Re: Barrel Life

    jro45

    I agree that allowing a barrel to cool between shots or (short) strings will increase accurate bore life. However, 4,000 rnds from a 257 WBY is VERY optimistic.

    Good shootin' - VH
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    Unread 10-12-2004, 07:05 AM
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    Re: Barrel Life

    Just went over 2200 rounds this weekend in my 300 WSM. Shot two 7" 10 shot groups at our matches to win relays.

    Front of chamber neck is gone and has firecracking about 4-6inches up past chamber.

    Moved seating depth out a total of about .075 from original depth.

    New 12" twist Broughton going on over the winter. Going to chamber for 300wsm with 187 BIBs in flatbase.

    BH
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