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How many shots can I take until I have to cool my barrell?

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Unread 09-01-2011, 01:17 PM
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How many shots can I take until I have to cool my barrell?

I am working on some new loads...I was wondering if someone can tell me if I should cool my barrell after each shot or shoot a group of 3 or 5 then let it cool?

Any suggestions?

I am shooting a 300 RUM if it makes a difference.
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    Unread 09-01-2011, 01:30 PM
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    Re: How many shots can I take until I have to cool my barrell?

    That totally depends on your rifle and the conditions at the range as well.

    My philosophy:
    I shoot mine until the barrel is almost uncomfortable to touch. If it's too hot to touch, it's too hot. In my 300 RUM with a fluted Sendero contour barrel, that usually means about 5 shots.

    --Ben
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    Unread 09-01-2011, 01:42 PM
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    Re: How many shots can I take until I have to cool my barrell?

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    Originally Posted by venom600 View Post
    That totally depends on your rifle and the conditions at the range as well.

    My philosophy:
    I shoot mine until the barrel is almost uncomfortable to touch. If it's too hot to touch, it's too hot. In my 300 RUM with a fluted Sendero contour barrel, that usually means about 5 shots.

    --Ben
    That's good to know, I am also shooting a Sendero in 300 Rum. Do you cool it off with water or ice or just let it air cool? Any best practices there?
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    Re: How many shots can I take until I have to cool my barrell?

    Just let it air cool. I'm no metallurgist, but rapidly cooling the barrel with something like water or ice doesn't seem like a good idea to me.

    --Ben
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    Re: How many shots can I take until I have to cool my barrell?

    Thanks Ben
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    Re: How many shots can I take until I have to cool my barrell?

    Three and let it cool.
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    Re: How many shots can I take until I have to cool my barrell?

    I would let it cool a minute between shots -for only a few shots, from cold.
    Then I'd let it cool an hour or so before repeating.
    That's me though..

    For barrel life it ain't the barrel you wanna cool, but the throat specifically.
    Let that heat sink away from the throat, or you'll damage it with successive shots.
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