- Jan 5, 2004
Might as well buy a factory gun then. If you want it to be accurate, get a quality barrel. Your only saving $100 at most, and sacrificing quality on the most important part of a rifle.Well, let’s be fair....in a budget build where you are not dropping this into a premium stock or custom action, don’t x caliber, McGowen, Douglas, Shilen chromo make a lot of sense?
Pretty strong words, when the reports about those lower priced barrels are always better than factory. I have read negative, but it was always how they look under a bore scope, not how they shoot. Hmmmm.Might as well buy a factory gun then. If you want it to be accurate, get a quality barrel. Your only saving $100 at most, and sacrificing quality on the most important part of a rifle.
I would argue that they are not "always" better than factory. My smith told me that a few of the budget brands he installed had issues, including overly rapid throat erosion, bad copper fouling, and very challenging to find consistent loads for.Pretty strong words, when the reports about those lower priced barrels are always better than factory. I have read negative, but it was always how they look under a bore scope, not how they shoot. Hmmmm.
McGowen blanks are around $200....Krieger around $350, right?
thanks. I appreciate your experience.I would argue that they are not "always" better than factory. My smith told me that a few of the budget brands he installed had issues, including overly rapid throat erosion, bad copper fouling, and very challenging to find consistent loads for.
Mcgowen are $230 in stainless at their cheapest option, plus shipping. Broughton, Brux, krieger etc. start around 300-350.
I would personally rather spend another $100 and get a guaranteed good barrel rather than toss $250 at one that will more than likely shoot good.
I do have a mcgowen barreled rifle, it is very picky, and does foul noticeably more than the kriegers, brux, or lilja barrels I have. It reminds me of a factory barrel, not a custom. I won't get another budget brand for a precision rifle, and I am not made of money. Another rifle that the same smith rebarreled at the same time with a krieger runs circles around it, cleans up way easier, and holds accuracy for twice as many rounds.
That is where my strong words come from.
I really like the looks of the wood stock on the Patriot. Yours has a standard size bolt head. Which, it may be interchangeable like a Savage. I haven't looked closely enough at the Patriot to remember it it's a floating bolt head. It can be rebarreled, I'm not sure that it could be rechambered. It's a 10 twist barrel that you have and it likely wouldn't do well with the heavier bullets. Different gunsmiths will have different opinions of what to do. Some may tell you it's not going to be economical, another one who is more likely to think outside the box my take the project on. Sometimes it's hard to recoup any of what you spend if it's not a 700, Winchester 70, tikka or a custom action. But if you plan on keeping it, then all that doesn't necessarily matter.Hello all. I've got a hankering to get a cartridge with a bit more oomph to it, to customize/have customized a rifle, and to start reloading, all at once. The kicker is that I'm on a very, very tight budget. I know, this is already probably a recipe for disaster. Anyway, here's an idea that I had.
I have a Mossberg Patriot in .270 Win. I've read up on the 270 Sherman, and it seems like it will give me the performance that I'm looking for (something around a 7mm Rem Mag). I've looked at Boyd's stocks and like their thumbhole stocks a lot. I have been wanting to bed my action, and getting a new stock would be an excellent excuse to try that out. I don't have any reloading equipment (or experience) currently, but it's something that I've really wanted to do, and I've got 100 pieces of .270 brass lying around just waiting. The barrel on it is a 22" 1:10" twist. I've been getting about 1.5" accuracy at 100 yards, which I'm hoping to remedy with practice, reloading, and bedding. I don't think I could get the rifle rebarreled, and I'm not sure it's something that any gunsmiths would want to do on the budget Mossberg action (not to mention I don't think it's in the budget). Is it a terrible idea to have my rifle rechambered to 270 Sherman? I hunt in the West and want a rifle capable of long range hunting (not saying the .270 Win won't do the job; I just want something that would do it a little better). Or should I just save those pennies and get something else in another caliber (7mm Rem Mag?).
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