Barrel Life? A Factor to consider.

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by Quarterbore, Jan 31, 2003.

  1. Quarterbore

    Quarterbore Well-Known Member

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    New to the board, Lot's of good info here.
    My question is alot of long range shooters are going to these 6.5mm wildcats like the 6.5-284, 6.5wsm, 6.5-06 etc. I understand they have high ballistic coeficient and have many qualities to make them and accurate round. HOWEVER I don't know the Barrel life expectancey of these compared to the .308. I'm sure the type of barrel is a factor as well.

    How many rounds down range before rebarreling, on average that is.

    Also curious if any one has any info on barrel life of the .300WSM

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  2. Varmint Hunter

    Varmint Hunter Well-Known Member

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    All of the cartridges that you mentioned have a case capacity greater than the .308 and a smaller bore to funnel the burning powder through. Naturally, the barrel life will be noticeably less than a .308win.
    How many rounds will a barrel last for is rather subjective and relys on factors like type of powder, charge weight, pressure, and cooling time between shots or groups.
    Even a 223 can be shot out in days if it subjected to enough heavy use(abuse).
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  3. 4mesh063

    4mesh063 Well-Known Member

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    I'd say the life of a 6.5 284/wsm/06/300wby is several (3-4 or more)thousand rounds at least. I've never beleived in the "worn out barrel" idea. I just wish they didnt' last so long so I'd HAVE to change something.
     
  4. Guest

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    Ditto on what 4Mesh said. I use 3 Groove barrels and Danzak coated bullets, and a good start up procedure after cleaning. I can't say I have ever burnt the throat out of a long range rifle. Makes me wonder what some of these guys are doing to waste a barrel in 800 rounds.

    Big cartridges do not burn throats, PEOPLE burn throats out.
     
  5. FatBoy...

    FatBoy... Well-Known Member

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    26 rounds of 6.5x284 in 25 minutes will smoke a throat.... That's the standard NRA Prone match COF..... 3-4000 rounds from a FagMag,,,, no way....

    FatBoy...