Rebarreling .223

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by jpbaker, May 9, 2012.

  1. jpbaker

    jpbaker Well-Known Member

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    My stevens 200 or .223 has been decent 2 me, i am able to get sub MOA easily with handloads. However, the little 22" sporter factory barrel isent cutting it anymore. It still shoots fine, but im wanting a bit more consistancy.

    So, i was looking on midway, and was seeing the ER SHAW barrels. I know kind of a budget barrel, and the shilen barrels are reasonably priced as well. So, i decided to go with shilen varmint contour

    Now, the question, im considering changing to 22/250 1:8. I do yotes, and am a bit concerned about fur with the 22/250. The reason for the 1:8 is i want the option of 70+ grn pills for whitetale. (tsx, ttsx, partitions, or bergers)

    So, do you folks think a heaver pill from a 22/250 is gonna be 2 destructive on yotes.

    Tks
    JPB
     
  2. B23

    B23 Well-Known Member

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    I'm guessing you're probably already aware of this but don't forget the bolt face/case head diameter is bigger on a 22-250 than it is on your .223 so it will be a little more involved than a simple barrel/chambering swap.

    I contemplated making one of my .223's into a 22-250 last fall. I ended up going with a .223 Ack. Imp. Shawn Carlock w/Defensive Edge put a Hart 1-9 on it and the little bugger shoots better than ANYTHING I own. With fireforming loads it shoots 3shot .1's at 100yds with factory loaded Hornady Superformance 53Vmax.

    It's kind of stealthy looking.
     

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  3. jpbaker

    jpbaker Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, im aware of the bolt face issue, but that isnt hard to do.....or is it? Isent it basically taking bolt apart and changing heads?

    Also, were i live in Canada, good gunsmiths are hard to come by. There is a gunsmith not to far from me, but he is slow, and his work is nothing special.


    TKS,
    JPB
     
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  4. jpbaker

    jpbaker Well-Known Member

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    I was talking to a friend that rebarreled his 243 to a 223. and said that even after swapping bolt heads, the bolt was not long enough and he needed to get a new bolt.


    If rebarreling from a 223 to a 22-250 is gonna require alot of bolt modification besides the bolt head swap, I will prob just go with a new .223 barrel...

    PLS chime in and enlighten melightbulb

    TKS
    JPB
     
  5. KRP

    KRP Well-Known Member

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    It should just be a simple bolt head swap, all short action bolts are the same. Where did your friend get a longer bolt and why did he need it?
     
  6. jpbaker

    jpbaker Well-Known Member

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    This is what I thought, but dont have much experience with this stuff. I believe that he ended up rebarreling it to another cal. due to the issues.

    Maybe he was trying a SA bolt in a LA, I dunno I will ask him.....

    TKS JPB