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Old 02-09-2012, 06:06 PM
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Barrel Suggestions for my 6.5x284

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.

Thank you!
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Old 02-09-2012, 06:21 PM
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Re: Barrel Suggestions for my 6.5x284

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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.

Thank you!
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.
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Re: Barrel Suggestions for my 6.5x284

Benchmark! Tell them Taylor Haught sent you
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Old 02-09-2012, 07:37 PM
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Re: Barrel Suggestions for my 6.5x284

Current is an 8 twist and I will more than likely get another 8 if I get a new barrel. I'd like to shoot 140's or worst case 130's

I have a local gunsmith who built a custom 6.5 for my buddy. He has already done some bedding and minor trigger work to my gun and I trust him. I am just trying to weigh my options. Basically the questions I'm asking myself now are If I have to drop $150 for more smith work will it worth it to go ahead and drop a little more on a new barrel?
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Old 02-09-2012, 08:33 PM
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Re: Barrel Suggestions for my 6.5x284

I have heard from quite a few people have been going back to the 8.5 twist to shoot 140's because of stability issues farther down range. I noticed that with Brux, Rock Creek, and Obermeyer barrels I have seen in stock.

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Re: Barrel Suggestions for my 6.5x284

Get a new barrel and don't fool with this one anymore if it will not shoot. Freebore rifles shoot just fine if it is a good barrel. Freebore is not your issue. You just got a bad barrel.
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Re: Barrel Suggestions for my 6.5x284

Cut your losses and go straight to the good stuff!!! I've been using Brux barrels and they have been a pure pleasure to chamber and shoot, I've been wanting to try Hart and Benchmark though. Pac-nor is GTG and you can get a Savage pre fit barrel from them.
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