223 Barrel life for a hunting rifle??

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by Kevin R, Feb 27, 2011.

  1. Kevin R

    Kevin R Member

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    Does anybody have any idea on the barrel life (approx # of rounds) of a standard out of the box hunting rifle (Savage,Browning,Rem etc...) in 223 ??

    Just loading standard hunting rounds from say 3250-3400fps.

    Thanks.

    Kevin.
     
  2. NomadPilot

    NomadPilot Well-Known Member

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    Depending on the accuracy you need before you call it toast, 5K-30K. Bottom line, a really long time. gun)
     

  3. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    A lifetime.

    With proper care and cleaning 5,000 ++++++++++.

    Just buy good non corrosive ammo in brass cases.

    J E CUSTOM
     
  4. bullfrog

    bullfrog Well-Known Member

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    I have a little over 5000 rounds thru my factory ruger M77VT. Still shoots just as good as it ever did (under 3/4 MOA with factory loads, 1/2 MOA with handloads). It's been used and abused on many prairie dog hunts. By contrast my 220 swift went 1600 rounds and opened up to about 1 MOA.
     
  5. Kevin R

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    Thanks guys, that"s good to know. I'll just keep shootin :)


    Kevin.
     
  6. Buano

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    Kevin,

    Most hunters would find a .223 hunting rifle is impossible to wear out. 3,000-5,000 would be a reasonable expectation.

    This changes drastically if it's a light semi-auto with a large clip where you could overheat the barrel every time you used it or if it'e a heavy barreled bolt-action that was never allowed to overheat.

    For most HUNTERS with a .223, the barrel should outlast the hunter, and probably his kids.
     
  7. sinarms

    sinarms Well-Known Member

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    the precise amount of rounds in a 223 before it is no good anymore is an a$$load. Just don't over clean it and shoot junk ammo through it and you will be fine.
     
  8. Kevin R

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    How much cleaning is to much? Or not enough?

    Thanks

    KR.
     
  9. sinarms

    sinarms Well-Known Member

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    Don't shoot 5 rounds and then clean it. Wait until the groups open then clean it. Then dont use aggressive brushes. I just use patches on mine or a nylon brush if it is needed.
     
  10. 1100 Remington Man

    1100 Remington Man Well-Known Member

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    I asked Serra the same ? since we know thay go throught a lot of barrels in testing there bullets .223 Rem 5000 rounds and just FYI also was told a 22-250 Rem 3500 rounds thats the info I was told for peak accuracy. I bought the .223 Rem over the .22-250 for that reason.gun)
     
  11. Fitch

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    The answer depends on how accurate the rifle needs to be for what you do with it. I ground hog hunt with mine.

    I clean my CZ527 American .223 at the end of the ground hog season. I put three fouling rounds through it in the spring when I see the first road kill GH, check the zero, and then hunt with it all summer.

    I shoot 40g NBT almost exclusively in it. They leave the muzzle at around 3650, terminal performance on GH is outstanding.

    It's up around ~2000 rounds and killing all the ground hogs I put the cross hairs on. I expect it to last till I can't pick it up anymore. But if it doesn't, I'll just rebarrel it and start over. I reach in the gun safe and that is the rifle that sticks to my hand in the summer.

    Fitch
     
  12. Mikecr

    Mikecr Well-Known Member

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    What's often generalized, to outright missed in discussion, is the qualifiers.
    There ALWAYS are..

    There are atleast three directly related to barrel life:

    1. How you define barrel death
    2. The rate of fire
    3. The heat, duration of it, and pressure, released on a given area, with each shot

    With this in an extreme, you could wipe out(for use by some) a 223, in under 1,000rds.
    It is very possible, and I've seen it at my range. I've seen red hot smoking barrels, with bits of rifling dropping out of flash hider holes.
    I picked up a piece and talked to a shooter who thought like many so far. But his gun still served it's purpose(assault), and that's qualifier #1.
     
  13. Fitch

    Fitch Well-Known Member

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    You make a couple of really good points. Keep'em cool = longer life. Barrel life is defined differently for different fire missions.

    For hunters, with discipline during load development (pick the right bullet to start with, I shoot 3 shot groups) and scope zeroing, fouling and zero check shots, and the shots at game (other than prarie dogs which are barrel burners), a rifle should last longer than the owner, almost regardless of caliber.

    Fitch