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...