Originally Posted by BML
I have a Savage LRH in 6.5x284 with a serious free bore issue. After a year(as time permitted) of trying to develop a load, I am pretty sure it's never going to happen. My options are to remove the stock barrel and fix the free bore issue or simply get a new barrel.
I am still weighing out the benefits and costs associated with each option, but in the meantime I wanted some suggestions on new barrels.
I understand this is like a Chevy vs Ford vs Dodge question but I am welcome to ALL opinions, both positive and negative.
What bullet weight? If you are running 120s, I'd go 1 in 9". 140s, I'd go 1 in 8"
As to brand, you are running a factory barrel. Virtually everything is better. I've ran Brux, Kreiger, Pac-Nor, Shilen, and Bartlein. I have yet to be disappointed.
I sincerely believe the smith at the wheel of the chambering lathe will have more to do with your success that anything. You might let them back yours up a thread or two and rechamber.
I would recommend you support a local smith, or use one of the fine ones on here. I certainly don't know them all, but Kirby Allen has been very good to me, and I recommend him without reservation. There may be others that are great here as well.
I've only had one rifle smith really ruffle my feathers. He made me so mad I learned how to chamber my own barrels, and have lathe access at all times. Fortunately, those are the minority.
Best of luck.