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Old 03-03-2011, 07:00 PM   #1
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exspected barrel life

i broke in my savage by following the USMC method for their sniper rifles. what is the average life expectancy of a savage in 30-06. thanks!
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Old 03-03-2011, 08:40 PM   #2
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I've got one I traded for in the late 60s....it's been a loaner , belonged to both My Sons at different times...figure 200 rounds per year , maybe 10,000 rds , barrel is still good , shoots 3 rds under 1in....may be a lot more than 10,000 rds , just guessin'....This is a Remmy 700 in 30/06...I just rebarreled it to 30 Wild Bill ...will post some photos of the 30 Wild Bill cartridge soon....also the 375 Wild Bill based on the same case.....Runs within 200fps of the 375 H&H

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Old 10-26-2011, 03:32 PM   #3
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I believe barrel life is way longer than most people think...IF it's taken care of properly and IF reasonable ammo is used. Two cases in point: 1. The .22 Swift and the .22-250 rifles. Their barrel don't seem to last long, not because the barrel itself was bad, but because the chamber throats get shot out due to the high pressure rounds. Shortening the barrel by 1/2 inch, re-threading and re-chambering can save these barrels. 2. Many a good barrel has been messed up due to improper cleaning with steel rods (and no bushing) which tends to mess up the barrel crown. Re-crowning solves this problem.

So it's safe to assume a properly cleaned barrel shooting "reasonable" loads, will last a long, long time...up to 100K rounds on some calibers.

Last edited by Silhouette; 10-26-2011 at 03:34 PM. Reason: Correction

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