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Life of a .243 Win. Barrel?

 
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Old 05-29-2013, 07:59 AM
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Life of a .243 Win. Barrel?

Does anyone in the know have an idea of the life of a typical factory .243 barrel. I just got a Savage Model 10 and I will have 500 shots through it by the time I am done fine tuning it for three different bullets and loads. I got nervous when a friend said his bench rest buddies tell him they are only good to about 1,800 shots before accuracy starts to wane. I realize many factors influence this exact number but just looking for some general guidelines.

I never let my barrel get to hot to touch and rest it between five shot groups for about five minutes. Followed recommended break in procedures as well. Clean regularly, etc.

Can someone help me out...
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Old 05-29-2013, 08:02 AM
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Re: Life of a .243 Win. Barrel?

I'm up to over 1000 on mine with no loss in accuracy. I sure hope your buddy is wrong and I get more than 1800!
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Old 05-29-2013, 08:58 AM
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Re: Life of a .243 Win. Barrel?

how is accuracy now? around 1500 .
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Old 05-29-2013, 09:31 AM
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Re: Life of a .243 Win. Barrel?

I have a hand me down that has several thousand through it and it still holds MOA with factory ammo. Haven't loaded for it yet. Previous owner didn't take that good of care of it so it kind of surprises me.
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Old 05-29-2013, 01:19 PM
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Re: Life of a .243 Win. Barrel?

John whidden ( berger bullets) and g david tubb ( sierra bullets i believe ) were national champs shooting a .243 . there is an 800 number to sierra bullets, they can answer with some authority . also several articles on accureteshooter.com dealing with barrel wear.
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Old 05-29-2013, 01:25 PM
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Re: Life of a .243 Win. Barrel?

Could you please paste any links you feel are worthwhile?

Thanks.

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Old 05-29-2013, 04:25 PM
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Re: Life of a .243 Win. Barrel?

sorry unable to. go to articles- " startling facts about barrel life" is one .
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