Long Range Hunting Online Magazine


Go Back   Long Range Hunting Online Magazine > Rifles, Reloading, Optics, Equipment > Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics

Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics Applied Ballistics


Reply

barrel life shooting prairie dogs

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #8  
Old 09-09-2009, 08:43 PM
Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Pleasant Hill, La
Posts: 30
Re: barrel life shooting prairie dogs

Well we made Newcastle, Wy. Had a blast. Shot two days but the closest shot was 192 yards. Little buggers were frightened I guess. I learned a lot and hope to go back next year.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 09-11-2009, 04:02 PM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 27
Re: barrel life shooting prairie dogs

Barrel life varies from rifle to rifle. Heat and dirty barrels is the biggest enemy of your barrel. 30-378 weatherby barrel is good for about 1500 rnd before signs of throat erosion occur. Smaller fast calibers 220 swift and 204 ruger and others might get 3000-4000 rnds before the same occurs. Stainless steel and chrome lined barrels generally get much more, 10,000 to 12,000 rds. But again heat and (dirty barrels) can shorten the life of these barrels as well. As a prairie dog hunter myself i keep track of my ammo fired thru my stainless barrel. Ammo that travels faster that 3000 fps will shorten barrel life. My wilson 223 - 24" bull barrel with 1/8 twist has fired just over 6,500 rnds and most of that has been just over 3000 fps ammo. I clean the barrel after every shoot and have not seen any signs yet of throat erosion. However, if you enjoy the shooting sports don't let this detract from enjoying your rifle. Realize changing out your barrel is part of the process as buying new tires for your car. Hope this helps. Capt kurt
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 09-11-2009, 05:51 PM
Gold Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Aberdeen, SD
Posts: 543
Re: barrel life shooting prairie dogs

We generally have hunted from mid may until the first part of june. Lots of fast and furious shooting up close for 10 to 15 minutes. After that things settle down. Most shooting after that has been 150yds plus. If the town is big enough don't be afraid to move around a little. Bring lots of ammo and a couple of guns. On my ar's I like to run a couple patches thru them after every mag. My bolt guns I do that every 10. Give them a more thorough cleaning after 30 or so rounds. May be a little anal but it helps keep things cool. Havr fun. Bring lots of water. Its easy to get dehydrated.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 09-16-2009, 06:07 AM
Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Pleasant Hill, La
Posts: 30
Re: barrel life shooting prairie dogs

Thanks,

I agree that barrels are like tires for a car. I now do my own barrel work so it is not a big deal to replace. My main problem is being old. If I could sit down at a bench and consistently shoot the same everyday, I'd be happy.

Back in about 1983 I bought a used Rem 700 (22-250) Varmint. I have shot it a bunch. I recently replaced it with a Shillen Match but the old one would still shoot 0.700".
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads for: barrel life shooting prairie dogs
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Prairie Dogs fetch Varmint Hunting 9 06-25-2012 07:34 PM
.308 for prairie dogs and elk tikboy Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics 16 09-06-2007 08:30 PM
Prairie Dogs in NM 1kstr General Discussion 0 02-14-2007 02:43 PM
Prairie Dogs? skip AI General Discussion 11 05-09-2005 08:23 AM
prairie dogs Clark Moore General Discussion 0 05-25-2004 08:58 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:25 AM.


Powered by vBulletin ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Management Powered by vBadvanced CMPS
All content ©2010-2014 Long Range Hunting, LLC