Originally Posted by kc
My kid Brother has bougth a Remington 700 in 3006 and wishes to change the calibre to
A 6.5X285.. He asked me to find out how in the Barrel life?
Now mind you last year we threw together a .260 that shoots like a house a fire.
But I think you know temptation..this is for geting out with an m24 Barrel no taper 1 inch.
Lots of information and opinions have been posted so I will add my 2 cents and try to make it
easy to choose.
First, the question of barrel life seams to be one that keeps coming up and like most, I have
my views on this.
Every caliber has it's good and bad traits, A 460 Weatherby has lots of power but it also has
lots of recoil barrel life is not an issue because one will never shoot it enough to wear the
The 22 rim fire will cost very little to shoot, no recoil, very little energy and extreme barrel life.
Other cartriges are in the middle of these and have there good points and there bad points and
a person has to chose what they want as a total package.
There are known barrel burners, but there are not that many and when someone buys one of
them it is with full knowledge of the down side hopefully. With good care and reasonable loading
this life can be extended greatly. So does it really matter if it is what the person wants ?
Also most of the time the only thing that needs to be done to a barrel with lots of rounds down
the tube is to re-crown and set the shoulder back to freshen the throat. The rest of the barrel
will normally out last the owner.
I do not classify the 6.5x284 as a barrel burner, It may be tougher on barrels than some other
caliber but there are lots that are much worse.
There has been feeding issues brought up and I can't understand why because any well made
rifle will feed properly. Some calibers are harder to get easy feeding than others but it should
not be an issue.
The 40o shoulder requires more effort to set up correctly but so does the extremely short cases
and when combined they require certain things to help with feeding, but not rocket science.
The 6.5x284 is a well known cartrige with great accuracy potential and mild recoil + barrel life
is near the average if properly cleaned,loaded and shot without heating the barrel hot enough
to fry bacon (Like all barrels).
There are lots of other cartriges that are in the same ballpark to chose from but if he wants
the 6.5 x 284 that's what he should get, and he wont be sorry.
If he gets what he wants and it does what he wants he will be happy . End of story !!!
J E CUSTOM