Originally Posted by meatyrem
I am fairly easy on it. When in the pd towns, I never let it get hot. That's why I brought several other rifles with me. One gets warm, not hot just warm I set it aside and then on to the next one. I have know some out there that get them so hot they can't even touch their barrels. Mine has never been there or even close. So I guess if your easy on them one could expect the higher side of those figures.
You should. Just avoid max weight bullets and max loads and the barrel life should not be a problem.
I've only ever myself burned out one and the truth is I just liked shooting the damned thing too much. I just cut it off and rechambered it and put another couple of thousand through it.
One of these days I'll just send it off to Krieger and put a light varmint contour 24" barrel on it so I'll have plenty of room to do it all again. With the .204 there really doesn't seem to be any advantage to barrels longer than 20". I've shot prarie dog sized targets with it (one shot kills) out to 600yds and that's about as good as it gets with bullets that small.