Shooting steel out to 1200 handload and shoot alot for funPalma shooters are nominally looking to replace barrel at 300-3500 rds.
Barrels are “cheap” relative to $ in ammo to wear out a barrel. When you are getting uncalled fliers at an increasing rate, barrel is most probably shot out.
Some barrels last longer, some barrels never really get going.
Cartridge for 1000 yd for a specific game?
Cartridge for learning LR shooting in general?
Factory ammo or will you be reloading, having custom ammo loaded?
6 BR is sweet rd, great bbl life but does get beat up at 1k on windy days.Shooting steel out to 1200 handload and shoot alot for fun
Given the 300WM & 6.5x55 already in rotation, definitely add a 308 with a chamber matched around a 185 Juggernaut.I run a 300 win mag for 1 mile and have a 6.5x55 for everything else just very courious in good barrel life dont have to feel bad shooting alot in one day
185 Juggernaut you really don’t want that much freebore. If running 200.20X, maybe want 0.170” of freebore but that’s way too much for Juggernaut even for single loading....170 freebore for shooting 185 jugs or 200.20x Berger’s. Still doing some research on the 20x....
With the 185 jug seated at 2.857 your getting 2700 FPS out of a 26” barrel?185 Juggernaut you really don’t want that much freebore. If running 200.20X, maybe want 0.170” of freebore but that’s way too much for Juggernaut even for single loading.
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185 Juggernaut w/BT / bearing @ N / S,
0.060” ish FB is all you need / want for 185 Juggernaut. Can’t comment on 200.20x as I haven’t made up a dummy rd for that one to get measurements on.
I can go 1-1.5 gr heavier charge weight before I’m seeing signs of pressure.How close are you to seeing excessive pressure?
I've put about 500 rounds down 6.5x55 less than a year so farHow many rounds are you shooting a year? If you aren't competing, I wouldn't even worry about barrel life. Worry about ammo cost, maybe, but if you are shooting a caliber with a barrel life of 2500-3000 rounds and you are only shooting 300 rounds a year out of that barrel, that gives you around 10 years of barrel life. If you're shooting double that, you get 5 years. Everyone likes to say they shoot 1000 rounds a year, but a lot of people don't. My 7mm RM is maybe halfway through its life, and my dad is always going on about barrel life and not shooting it too much so I don't have to buy another barrel. I've had it for more than 5 years now, I could care less about that barrel at this point lol
Pretty decent numbers. So maybe 3-5 years on that barrel with current numbers I'm guessing? .308 is probably the best bet for barrel life as stated before. You're just trading barrel life for ballistics though with your 6.5. .308 has some of the best barrel life for long range, but also a lot of cartridges with better ballistics. If you're a good shot and can consistently hit with a .308 at 1000 yds, you're good to go. If you're making some misses with your 6.5 because of a bad wind call, expect those to happen a bit more with the .308I've put about 500 rounds down 6.5x55 less than a year so far
You guys assume that everyone not shooting benchrest is shooting 2 MOA steel plates. In NRA Highpower and F class any rifle that won't hold X ring elevation at 600 gets rebarreled. That's 1 MOA for sling shooters and half that much for F classdepends on what you consider a worn out barrel?
A 1/2moa barrel vs 1moa barrel- the % of hits on target are not much difference(wind,temp.human & everything else) at 1000
Bench rest is a different story.
just my 2cents
Yup. And I bought an unused factory barrel someone took off for $100 that I’ve just had in my safe for almost two years just ready to go. The only action it’s seen is whatever testing Ruger performs at the factory and a new oiling from me every few months. Good to go!Joy's of shooting 308
All three of those options are excellent.I tend towards 284, it’s not going to outlast 308 but it’s got good barrel life and far better ballistics (though I shoot out of long action not short). If you want to go better barrel life but still a bit better wind cheating think about things like 7 saw or even 7-08.
Yeah and great barrel life to shoot alot . all I have is a long action 7mm-08 would work in it loaded longTake a look at 7-08 with the 162 eldm with a very reasonable speed of 2650.
It would totally be acceptable at the places I shoot.
My buddy’s with 308’s struggle.
I agree I dont clean til my rifles open upEverybody has different opinions regarding cleaning and maintenance, and how that effects barrel life as well. When it comes to my rifle, I fully clean it every couple hundred rounds. However, it should be kept in mind that the barrel is easily replaceable. The bolt/ action, not so easy. It’s more important in my process to clean the bolt, action, and throat. It may be easier for me to say this cause I shoot a .308, but to me, the bore is actually the one thing that can wait.