Re: how hot is to hot?
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From a barrel wear stand point, if you can not hold the barrel with your bare hand without discomfort, your barrel is to hot!!
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I have a friend who needs to read this post. He has a factory Savage synthetic stock 300WM. It will shoot factory ammo into .5" at 100 yds. He will shoot and shoot when the barrel is so hot it would blister the skin just to touch it. I keep warning him that he is going to trash his barrel. I hope he listens before the barrel is ruined.
I have always used the same test as Kirby.
The critters have to win every time, I only have to win once.
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