Douglas Barrels for long range hunting?

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by silvercreekguide, Jun 12, 2011.

  1. silvercreekguide

    silvercreekguide Well-Known Member

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    Hi everyone, I have been looking at this site for a few months now and finally decided to join. I am re-barreling my 300 win mag very soon and was wondering what you all thought about Douglas Barrels? I like most others am in a tight spot for money right now, so i figured i may give these a try. I also would like your opinion on the optimal barrel length for the 300 win mag?
     
  2. sinarms

    sinarms Well-Known Member

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    What is your budget? Douglass can have good barrels, sometimes they are hard to get and their blank finish is horrible. I use Brux barrels a lot and Shilen and Mcgowen. What type of rifle are you rebarreling? most people go 24-26" but it all depends on what you want to do with the rifle too.
     

  3. rscott5028

    rscott5028 Well-Known Member

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    I haven't used Douglas, but Shilen is easier on the budget than some others.

    I won't tout them as the best. But, I think they are a great value particularly when Midway has the one you need in stock.

    -- richard
     
  4. highridge1

    highridge1 Well-Known Member

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    Yes Douglas makes great barrels. The most important thing is the gunsmith putting it all together.
     
  5. silvercreekguide

    silvercreekguide Well-Known Member

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    Thank you for your posts.
    sinarms- My budget is around $350 threaded, crowned, & chambered...if possible. I am rebuilding a 1000 yard rifle that i would like to be able to push the 210gr vld around 2900 or faster. And I am not concerned about weight at all.
     
  6. sinarms

    sinarms Well-Known Member

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    That will be a tight budget if it is a remington. If it is a Savage you can do that pretty easily.
     
  7. silvercreekguide

    silvercreekguide Well-Known Member

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    highridge1- Douglas offers a threaded, crowned, and chambered light palma barrel that is 30in long that is threaded to a rem 700 for about $300. Would this be a good or bad choice?
     
  8. sinarms

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    I checked their site and it shows $425 to fit a palma barrel to an action plus shipping and if you want SS it is $68 extra. Did you find something different somewhere else?
     
  9. silvercreekguide

    silvercreekguide Well-Known Member

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    If you look under their price list, the fourth colum to the right. Is says Turned, Threaded Cut to Length Crowned & Polished for $283 and it says that price is for #4-#7 contour. You can send in your action as well and that price is $425.
     
  10. sinarms

    sinarms Well-Known Member

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    The cheaper barrel will be a short chambered barrel then and still need a smith to install it.
     
  11. silvercreekguide

    silvercreekguide Well-Known Member

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    All the smith would need to do is use a finish reamer and screw the barrel on correct?
     
  12. sinarms

    sinarms Well-Known Member

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    Yes if you added the chambering option. You will have $400+ into it going that way.
     
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    Actually, you could rent a finish reamer for ~$30 and set the headspace by hand. But, that presumes that you know what you're doing; that you have barrel/action wrenches; that your action doesn't need truing; that the tolerances happen to all fall into place between the barrel, receiver, and bolt.

    Any single misstep will set you back and you'd wish you'd sent it to a good smith.

    My advice would be to find out what it'll cost to get it done right and keep shooting it as is while you save up.

    -- richard
     
  14. silvercreekguide

    silvercreekguide Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for all of the advise!