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Old 10-23-2006, 10:28 AM
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Barrel life

I am trying to pick a cartridge for my 1000 yd. rifle. One of the questions that I have is barrel life. I have read that the Remington Ultra Mags. last about 700 to 1000 shots. What do you shoot and what is the expected barrel life?

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Old 10-23-2006, 11:10 AM
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Re: Barrel life

My 300 RUM went about 800-1000 rds before accuracy was really noticably falling off at ranges past 500 yards. Inside 500 it would still shoot great, but past that it sprayed them. I would rather own a 7mm or 300 WM and shoot a heavy VLD bullet and burn 30g less powder and still be able to get the job done. You'll also get at least 2000 rds of barrel life as compared to half that. It depends on how much you shoot or want to shoot I should say. Also, what will you be hunting or shooting? Targets, deer, elk? Me, I shoot quite a bit, so I want something that has a little more barrel life involved. But, if you want to be successfully hitting things at 1000 yards, we all know that takes practice which means shooting your rifle quite a bit. I went back to a regular 7 RM shooting 168g VLD@ 3000fps, it will do what I want out to 1000 yards while only burning 65g of powder as compared to 95g of powder in the 300 RUM. It gets expensive shooting the RUM even when you reload. If I had to do it again, I would go with a 300 Win mag and shoot a 210g VLD at around 2900fps. Of course, this is all just my opinion, so take it for what its worth.
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Old 10-23-2006, 11:41 AM
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You might check out the 6mm bench rest or some of the wildcats off that cartridge think they will shoot quite a few rounds before they die... [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
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Please keep in mind that quite a few people including some of the folks I compete against THINK that the barrel is shot out but with out a bore scope they really are guessing. Have seen many rifles go from scrap to back into the safe as a result of Iosso or JB removing the carbon and layered copper that chemicals showed to be a clean (no blue) barrel.
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Old 10-23-2006, 03:32 PM
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Re: Barrel life

Remingtonman:

I like the .300 Winchester too. I have two hunting rifles in .300 Winchester and one in .300 Weatherby. I plan to use the rifle for long range hunting for deer & bear in Pennsylvania and deer and antelope out west. I do like to shoot at targets too. I also have a 7mm Remington but it is in a Browning pump. The Ultra Mag. barrel life is too short. I would be buying a new barrel every six months.

Thank you for the help.

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Old 10-23-2006, 03:35 PM
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I am looking for a hunting rifle for big game. I do have two 6BR single shot pistols that are very accurate, one in 7BR and also a rifle in .22BR They are great rounds but not powerful enough for long range big game.
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Old 10-23-2006, 05:17 PM
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Tom , try a 6.5-300 Win mag you should get around 1500 rounds if its cared for properly , get a 28-30" barrel and you should be able to shoot the 140 class bullets at around 3300fps which is about the max I have ever seen them shoot accuratly. You'll have the benifit of great Lapua brass and several good dies to choose from.
the regular 300Win is also a great choice , 26-28" barrel with a 1-10 twist 5R barrel should get you close to 3000fps with the 200 grain class bullets.
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