Barrel contour for 6.5-284 hunting rifle

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by garsticker, Jan 28, 2007.

  1. garsticker

    garsticker Well-Known Member

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    I have to mail my deposit off and am having second thoughts on my contour..I was going to get a #7 but have been considering a lighter contour. I was wondering what most of you had in contour.
     
  2. James Jones

    James Jones Well-Known Member

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    Their are a lot of factors that go into deciding a conture , like how many rounds you plan to fire in a row becasue a lighter barrel will heatup faster and start to shot point of impact changes
    How heavy of a gun can you stand , if this gun is going to be carried for a long way then you may want to choose a lighter barrel to help with packing it.
    Is the gun going to be shot off hand , if so you want a barrel thats going to help ballance out the gun so its not to muzzel heavy.
    Generaly I like a heavy barrel even for shooting off hand but I'm a little stonger than the average guy so it doesen't bother me that much but no matter how strong you are a realy muzzel heavy gun will not "swing" well..

    Whats the gun going to be used for , for the most part a Rem Varmint conture will hold pretty good groups with non magnum cals for 5-10 rounds before it start to get hot and move.
    For a deer rifle that generaly doesn't see more than 3 shots in a row I'd say a #3 or #4 conture would be good.

    A good barrel maker can make a barrel that will shoot very accuratly with a very thin barrel , I had a 300 Wby with a #1 conture that shot awsome 3 shot groups if you could space the shots a min or so apart.
     

  3. garsticker

    garsticker Well-Known Member

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    Well it will be for hunting deer and varmints. My idea was that since our club is about to have some acreage logged out that I'd build a long range gun so I could take advantage of the open spaces. So I thought the heavy barrel would be the way to go since I would not be doing any stalking..I have a Kimber Classic for that. 99.99% of the time I'll be in a tripod or stand so weight really wouldn't be a negative. I was just interested what the rest of the community thought. My brother and I were talking and he suggested a lighter rifle contour and it got me to second guessing myself and I was needing some input, but I think I may have answered my own question.
     
  4. James Jones

    James Jones Well-Known Member

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    I like a medium Palma conture for my carry and mid weight rifles , its a good trade off in wight and stiffness.
     
  5. älg

    älg Well-Known Member

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    I´ve gone with a Lilja nº 5.-rifle on an a3 stock weighs a bit under 9 lbs.(unscoped).