- Jan 6, 2003
I have found that factory barrels chambered in hot calibers actually last longer than custom barrels.I got what Joel was saying the first time. +1 if it's a custom barrel but, If you get a 1000+ out of a remy barrel...God bless...one of those factors.
My theory is that when you have a rough barrel it actually improves as it smooths out a bit during break in, shooting and cleaning. When you take a perfect barrel with a super smooth finish, it can only go downhill from shot number 1.
I have not fired enough bullets through my edge to give a number. What I can say is that when it was a 300 RUM, the throat was in bad shape in less than 100 rounds. The barrel in general was in really bad shape after 500. Accuracy, velocity and consistency changed from day to day. To be fair, I was hot roding it. It was also a cut rifled barrel which I hear dont hold up to the heat and flame as well as a button pulled barrel. I dont know that for a fact but after having a button pulled 300 RUM and a cut 300 RUM I would say that is a fair assumption. 1100 rounds was the magic number for my Lilja. It also in the beginning showed signs of throat troubles within a couple hundred rounds.If I get that many rounds out of it, I'll bet I could sell a few Lilja barrels. I wasn't trying to pin anyone down on a number for the 338's, I just find it fascinating that people are quick to throw out the 1000 round number for the hot 30's, but no one ever seems to throw out a number for the fairly hot 338's.
After 180 rounds through the edge, I am still running the exact same POI, velocity, group sizes. I have not bore scoped it since 110 rounds but after 110 rounds, the barrel looked flawless. The throat was perfect and there wasnt any heat checking. I am fairly confident that the life of my "hot 338" will be considerably longer than my "hot 300".
Just my .02