Barrel life?

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by Make_mine_a_magnum, May 6, 2003.

  1. Make_mine_a_magnum

    Make_mine_a_magnum Member

    May 6, 2003
    How many rounds can I fire of 7mm Magnum before my stainless steel barrel wears out, to the point of declining accuracy? The loads would be 160 gr. class at 3000 fps+, with 65-73 grs. powder. Would switching to a heavier bullet, like a 175 gr., when erosion makes shooting 160 gr. unfeasible, be best at some point?
  2. jcpython357

    jcpython357 Well-Known Member

    Mar 12, 2003
    MMAM, You should be able to get 1000rounds or so if your lucky, before accuracy drops off, after 2000 rounds you'll drop about 200fps, a heavier bullet isn't going to make that much difference, if shooting Longrange try the 162 A-MAX or 168MK, probably the main thing is to not overheat the barrel. Damn the torpedoes...full speed ahead! [​IMG] Jay.