Please note, the following information reflects the estimated average ballistics for each caliber and does not pertain to a particular manufacturer, bullet weight, Even “shot-out” barrels in an infamous barrel burner like the 220 Swift are usually in excellent condition at the cooler muzzle end. If you are a TFL member and can access TFL, please do not use this link; instead, use the forums (like Questions, Suggestions, and Tech Support) or PM an appropriate mod or admin. Rings can loosen up with repetitive recoil and heat cycles over time. The .220 Swift is a round that puts much more pressure on a barrel then the humble old .308 (one of the reasons why .308 is so great). Is there a more reliable way to predict barrel life — one that will work for a broad range of calibers? It is at this smooth transition, between the chamber and the rifling, that the barrel degrades and we see a decline in accuracy. The expense for shorter barrels in any chambering is velocity. In fact my rifles are still much more accurate than required, even after many hundreds (and in some cases thousands) of rounds. I want a 6.5-284 with 308 barrel life! At this point we would say that it has reached the end of its barrel life. Use a bore guide when cleaning your rifle. (22 inch barrel). Maybe a 200 or 208? While the two cartridges have a very similar case capacity, throat erosion occurs faster with the 6.5 Creedmoor because it uses a smaller diameter barrel. If there is no practical difference between the cartridges, choose the option that is kinder on barrels. With cast boolits a factor of 10. Something like a 22lr will last forever (well almost). Of those options, I'd go .300, but then again, I shoot ELR, and hunt. For instance, the .308 barrel that normally gives 4000 accurate rounds should now easily provide 5500 accurate rounds. I purchased both of my 243's used, both have had a lot of rounds through them, and are still under moa. Some precision shooters make claims to barrel life can be a difference. Location: Between Dallas and Shreveport, LA, "The higher the velocity, the shorter the barrel life.". You can find tons of .243 brass for relatively cheap with decades of loading experience available. If you have a firearm related question, please register and post it on the forums. Extension fit very snug into receiver witch is a good thing. For barrel life, 308 for the win. Snow has found this extends brass life, … Even if you are camped on a prairie dog town, you are very unlikely to shoot as many rounds as fast as in target competition. In this article I will discuss what barrel life means to the everyday shooter, and how you will know when your barrel is worn out. Not in the least bit, not for the type of shooting we do. Take a .300 Winchester Magnum with a barrel life of 1,500 rounds and compare that to the 8,000+ barrel life of a .308 Winchester. Barrel life won't get short until you get over 3100 fps mv or so. Even barrel life from some who have some higher round counts are recording similar short barrel life compared to the .243. Going back to the .308 for example, the military M118LR cartridge would normally send a 175gr projectile downrange at approximately 2700 feet-per-second (fps) from a 24-inch barrel, but only 2600 fps from a 20-inch barrel or even 2450 fps out of a 16-inch barrel. 6.5 Nosler 140gr BC .658 Muzzle FPS 2598 Transonic 1352 at 1100 yd total drop 429 inches. The table above shows your barrel cost per shot, based on various "useful lives." The .308—a fine design in and of itself—has been responsible for a number of successful cartridges, but the .243 has to be the most successful. I seem to recall reading (on the GAPrecision site?) Heat and pressure are the main two perpetrators that shorten barrel life. I imagine 3000 on a regular basis maybe more with modifications. It's not the rate rounds are fired in bolt action rifles, but the amount of powder burned through the chamber's throat per shot that wears out barrels. A 6BR barrel should give 2,200-3,000 rounds of accurate life, and a .308 Win barrel could remain competitive for 4,000 rounds or more. If the consistent accuracy requirement of an operator is no longer met, the barrel can fairly easily be renewed. Barrel life is the downside of both the .243 AI and standard .243. If your barrel loses accuracy at the 1500-round mark, then it only worked for three seconds! April 18, 2015 at 12:43 am. The 6XC has roughly 25% more barrel life than a 243 … will we be able to improve that another 25% or even more in the future? Barrel Life. However the arguments for 308 Winchester would be. Don’t buy one if you can help it. Well there are a few things. But I like .308 better "When a strong man, fully armed, guards his house, his possessions are safe." Worst 243 story I know was a guy who was cranking 55gr bullets up to 4000fps and then plugging and soaking the barrel overnight to get the copper out. Is that too much to ask?! The .243 is often referred to as the baby brother of the .308 Win. Good tip A. powders, then that might tend to speed things up. I’ll also explain what causes barrel wear and if there is anything you can do to prolong the life of your favorite rifle’s barrel. Typically it is the throat of the barrel that wears out. (I have had excellent luck with other bbl manufactures as well, but have settled in on Bartlien barrels) 42gr … That might affect your choice. You can always double check to confirm barrel wear, and the need for replacement, with a bore scope. Varmint shooting and competitive target shooting are very different in the their effects on barrel life. Is barrel life a serious concern for 99% of readers? Both cartidges are arecapible out to 600 rounds but the 243 is harder on barrel throats. 6.5 Grendel is more than adequate and a pleasure to shoot, however it does not compare to my LR-308 slinging 178gr ELD-X’s with their .278 (G7) BC @ 2640 fps. In this post, a continuation of Rifleshooter.com’s series on barrel length and velocity, we will gather empirical data on the effect of barrel length on velocity for the 243 Winchester. Is the scope mounted securely and sighted in correctly? Assuming you treat them the same, a .308 Winchester should last longer than a 7mm-08 Remington, which should last longer than a .243 Winchester. The .308 Winchester barrel has a longer lifespan. Even “shot-out” barrels in an infamous barrel burner like the 220 Swift are usually in excellent condition at the cooler muzzle end. Today, the .308 Winchester round is enormously popular throughout the world and rifles chambered for it can also chamber and fire the 7.62x51mm, but not the other way around. The hottest commercial .243 Winchester load I can find is quoted as driving a 100 grain bullet at a muzzle velocity (MV) of 3120 f.p.s. I figure most short life barrels were abused. The .22-250 that was shot out before at 2000 rounds should be on the money for at least 3000 rounds.” Any cartridge will "burn out" a barrel if you help it along with a little abuse. Likewise if you shoot stupidly fast cartridges or load your rounds hot, you will likely experience shorter barrel life. and 6.5 Creedmoor are popular target cartridges. A 6BR barrel should give 2,200-3,000 rounds of accurate life, and a .308 Win barrel could remain competitive for 4,000 rounds or more. A good bit downward in pressure to avoid burning the leade at some minimum amount. It uses a shorter case than the .243 Winchester—1.920-inch vs. 2.045 inches—allowing for a longer bullet length outside the case in the same length magazine, and maintains the 6.5 Creedmoor’s 30-degree shoulder. It was the wildcatters who brought it back to life by fiddling with a couple of popular designs. I've always figured to load my hunting loads to max pressure with acceptable accuracy. The life of the 308 barrel life doubles or even triples the count of shots you will be shooting with your 300 Win Mag. All of our RPR replacement barrels are fitted and chambered using our carefully developed process on state-of-the-art cnc turning centers. The 6.5 Grendel is much lighter, more efficient with a bit longer barrel life. What’s not to love. The core rule to extend barrel life is to not shoot it fast and hot. You are highly unlikely to ever reach the end of a single barrel unless you are doing something horribly wrong with your maintenance. There is no fun in that I know, but do you really need to be chasing up close pigs with a 300 Win Mag? For a precision shooter this ‘poor’ level of accuracy is simply not acceptable and would be an indication that a barrel change is eminent. 243 will be 4 dollars ahundred cheaper to load than the 308 useing a sierra gameking as a bullet choice. Big game hunters should consider the .308 Winchester. I had a .308 that I had several thousand rounds through and it was still very accurate to the day I sold it. George Gardner said he had 2,300rds down the tube of his 6mm creedmoore in a GAP 10 it's still shooting lights out on the hide. Even though the cartridges share the same roots, there is a pretty big difference in the ballistics of each cartridge that reflects the different priorities wildcatters had when designing the .243 and 7mm-08. Actually clean your rifle. Probably double the life of the creed. So a .243 Winchester round exits the barrel with kinetic energy equal to the energy required for linear vertical displacement of 1950 pounds through a one foot distance, while a .30-06 Springfield round exiting the barrel has energy equal to the amount required to … The 25-06 is a better cartridge than the 243. Don’t fire unnecessary long strings of fire and waste your barrel’s life. The two I have burned lasted 2700 and 2950. I myself use a .204 Ruger and love the thing, but these speedy rounds do come with consequences and shortened barrel life is a reality. Eliminate the variables! Snow has found this extends brass life, … How often do you practice? Match barrel throats wear out the same amount dimensionally per shot as hunting, sporter or plinker barrels. Mine lasted 640 rounds in long range matches. The .243 Winchester was developed by wildcatters who immediately grasped the accuracy potential of the .308 parent case and then necked down the case to accept .243 caliber (6mm) bullets. (Not really but it's a lot more.) Bo… This is when a re-loader chases accuracy in a degrading barrel by seating a bullet further out of the case, reducing the jump to the degraded lands. Such emails will be ignored. vs. .243 Win. Have a Winchester in 243 that my father hunted with from at lest the mid 50's, now I have it and hunt and just shoot for fun with it and have not had any problems. Shoot less powerful cartridges. You should be able to expect the same life from the barrel as the 243. I have 3 rifles, all set up for the following load, all run 8 twist Bartlien barrels. In this article I will discuss what barrel life means to the everyday shooter and how you will know when your barrel is on it’s last legs. The .243 when twisted right is a very capable long range round. But I like .308 better "When a strong man, fully armed, guards his house, his possessions are safe." Re: .243 vs 6.5x55 The Swedes had it figured out from the start in the late 1800s. These are useful all-around barrel … So one thing that could improve would be to make the eye relief a little more generous for users. ... a .308 Winchester should last longer than a 7mm-08 Remington, which should last longer than a .243 Winchester. 243 vs 7mm-08 vs 308 Ballistics. The 6BR I would think would have better barrel life than a 243, but I haven't shot out a 6BR yet! 's barrel life is exactly correct. .243 Nosler 105gr BC .571 Muzzle FPS 2846 Tansonic 1359 at 1100 yd total drop 383 inches. Was it a windy day? goosebrown. I'll also explain what causes barrel wear, and how to prolong the life of your barrel. Another factor is how well you clean your rifles barrel. Between us we have to have at lest 2500 rounds through it. LRI is proud to offer our premium match grade, cut rifled stainless steel barrel blanks for the Ruger Precision Rifle. These are "drop in" replacements with no additional machine work required. The typical barrel length for a repeating hunting rifle chambered for high intensity cartridges, such as the .243, .260, .270, 7mm-08, .308, or .30-06, is 22-24 inches. Ask around at your club to borrow one or see your gunsmith or local firearm store. The table above shows your barrel cost per shot, based on various "useful lives." Erosion from bullet friction alone is minimal as suggested by the longer barrel life of “mild” cartridges like 30-30 Winchester, 22 Hornet, and especially 22 rimfire. Surprisingly though I have seen more barrel damage caused by over enthusiastic cleaning or poor cleaning technique than I have by neglect. Based on the ubiquitous 308 Winchester, the 243 Winchester has developed a strong following among rifleman. Well put simply, by today’s standards, that is when a rifle is no longer considered even factory accurate. In conclusion, we are sure that the 6.5 Creedmoor vs. .308 Winchester debate … Heavier bullets and more powder make more recoil. I am a bit particular for a hunter, I require my bolt action hunting rifles to be at least 1.5 minute of angle. If you shoot a rifle over and over, for thousands of rounds, you WILL wear out that rifle’s barrel. The result, typically, is rather short barrel life, sometimes less than 1500 rounds. My Rem 700 varmint rig is in that ballpark and it hasn't shown any signs at all of groups opening up. and 6.5 Creedmoor are popular target cartridges. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. This 22" AR-STONER™ LR-308 Barrel is perfect for use in competition or hunting where both accuracy and reliable function are important factors. I'm sure you wouldnt go wrong with a quality rifle. If you are a target or precision shooter though you will almost certainly see the end of a few barrels. But to top-ranked competitors whose rifles shoot test groups into 1/4 MOA at 100 and 200 yards, 1/3 at 300 1/2 at 600 and 3/4 MOA at 1000 and they are able to see when accuracy opens up to a fourth to a third larger when they compete with them, that's not good 'cause they know their scores will suffer if they don't rebarrel right away. Of course, if you are shooting a “long-lived” .308 Win that goes 5000 rounds before losing accuracy, then you get a whopping TEN seconds of barrel life. Now for the meaty part, barrel life, barrel life, barrel life. Whitetail Deer Cartridge Shoot-Out: .30-30 Win. They're all made with the same steel. Bo… I am here to tell you that is not true what so ever. very accurate and will take woodchucks as far as conditions will allow. Brass is cheaper for 308 . Barrel life numbers depends on one thing; when the owner notices accuracy dropping off to an unacceptable level. While the two cartridges have a very similar case capacity, throat erosion occurs faster with the 6.5 Creedmoor because it uses a smaller diameter barrel. By comparison, the fastest heavy bullet .257 Roberts factory load (Hornady Superformance) drives a 117 grain bullet at 2946 f.p.s. Let’s forget about that obvious fact for a second and ask the question, just how quickly will the average barrel degrade? I like the idea of heavy .223 bullets in a 1/7 twist barrel (I have one, its fun). If you take good care of it, you should get plenty of use out of your barrel. Even though it is a win for the .308. The .308 Winchester barrel has a longer lifespan. This is the section immediately forward of the action, before the projectile reaches the rifling. .243 is flatter shooting, but barrel life is less than half of that of the .308. Before you get too excited about changing a barrel, you have to consider if there isn’t some other aspect negatively affecting accuracy. Probably double the life of the creed. Using the TMS bullets as prescribed should extend the life of a barrel by at least one third. The barrel life of the 308 is more durable than that of the 300. While it looks like a good caliber, I'm not seeing a reason to move from .243 for performance or longevity. If you find that your barrel no longer produces the accuracy that you require of it, then you have found that barrel’s lifespan, at least for that purpose. Among my many rifle buddies (including a few who have replaced barrels on bolt action rifles) none have done so because the barrel was "shot out" at varmints. Both cartridges were introduced in the 1950s. And match barrels heat up the same way as all the others. Simply put, burning the same amount of powder in a smaller space will result in shorter barrel life. For barrel life, 308 for the win. Barrel life is the downside of both the .243 AI and standard .243. The Creedmoor case is a bit shorter than 243 - you can load heavier bullets seated longer with the Creedmoor case and still fit in a 308 magazine. Poor cleaning practices can reduce the life of a barrel. So what can you do to prolong the life of your barrel? Reactions: MarkBlue, pblank and SonicBurlap. If your shooting required shooting over a sustained period of time (varmint hunting maybe) then it really might be worth considering a bull barrel or some other method of reducing heat soak. It uses a shorter case than the .243 Winchester—1.920-inch vs. 2.045 inches—allowing for a longer bullet length outside the case in the same length magazine, and maintains the 6.5 Creedmoor’s 30-degree shoulder. Barrel life for the 6.5CM is around 2000-3000. You aren’t impressing anyone (probably). What this cartridge offered was a long range hunting round that was able to take lighter bullets that were more suitable for target shooting and varmint hunting. 243 vs 7mm-08 vs 308 Ballistics. I'd say .308 even though my first gun ever was a winchester .243 given to me by my grandpa about 4 years ago, and I do love to shoot it. The core rule to extend barrel life is to not shoot it fast and hot. In case you are unfamiliar with these cartridges they are all based on the same .308 Winchester case, with the smaller bores obviously being higher pressure and faster shooting rounds. I have not yet worn out a single barrel by my accuracy standards. Target loads? Some precision shooters make claims to barrel life can be a difference. 260 rem is a better distance cartridge and a little easier on barrel life (can neck up all of your .243 brass also). I can shoot 100 to 200 rounds per month for practice and still use the same barrel in competition and never have to worry about changing it for a … The .243 Winchester was developed by wildcatters who immediately grasped the accuracy potential of the .308 parent case and then necked down the case to accept .243 caliber (6mm) bullets. Chambered in 243 Winchester and manufactured from 416R Stainless Steel, this 1 in 8" twist, heavy contour barrel gives you high quality at a great value. fired 1 shot per minute; about 3000 rounds. The .308—a fine design in and of itself—has been responsible for a number of successful cartridges, but the .243 has to be the most successful. In an attempt to find the better of 6.5 Grendel vs .243, I tried out both rounds and conducted an analysis of its user’s feedback. A .243 can travel quite far and this rifle proves that it can be done so long as you sight in the scope properly. So your question is posed backwards. You will find retained energy is better than the creed at point blank ranges and that the point blank ranges of … In order to understand the history of the .243 you also need to understand the history of the .308, because again, the .243 is simply a necked down .308. What Could Be Improved and Why The .243 does pack some punch, and the eye relief on this scope might not be doing you any favors. That would be a barrel burner. I know some guys that have squeezed way more than 3000 shots. I was thinking somebody you talked to was referring to the 243 wssm. ... which is one reason moderate volume cartridges like 308 Win. coyota1, I know those numbers look low (and therefore pessimistic) to lots of folks. At long distances, the 6.5 Creedmoor is far superior. The 243 Winchester’s 6mm (.243″) bullet offers reduced recoil and the ability to use lighter, faster bullets for varmints and small game, while heavier, 100 grain loads can be used to harvest deer. Just what is acceptable accuracy differs markedly between shooters. No magic bullet there (pun intended) Case life on the Swede is phenomenal with the old low pressure loads. However, the difference is not so significant and there will not be a ridiculous overbore. If you are experiencing difficulties posting in the Buy/Sell/Trade subforums of TFL, please read the "sticky" announcement threads at the top of the applicable subforum. At long distances, the 6.5 Creedmoor is far superior. I'll also explain what causes barrel wear, ... a .308 Winchester should last longer than a 7mm-08 Remington, which should last longer than a .243 Winchester. Maybe a 200 or 208? If you are shooting enough for barrel life to be an issue, you will almost certainly see it coming. All 4 rifles are capable of shooting good groups and, in general, the 20" 243s perform about like any other 243 and the 20" 308s perform about like any other 308. Wouldn’t that be awesome? In an attempt to find the better of 6.5 Grendel vs .243, I tried out both rounds and conducted an analysis of its user’s feedback. Infinite barrel life. Winchester rolled the .243 out as a commercial cartridge in 1955. Well, Forum member MikeCr has developed an Excel spreadsheet that accounts for a number of variables, and gives a pretty good estimate of useful barrel life, whether you’re shooting a … I have a mod 70 in 243 and it has been fired ALOT. The 6.5 Creedmoor has less recoil. Everyone wants to think you are going to shoot a 6.5mm cartridge and get .308 Winchester barrel life. These are useful all-around barrel … Those .308 Win. How many rounds can you shoot at a time before you have to worry about throat erosion in your rifle bore? You should not expect to much at … Let the barrels heat up too much on these rifles, especially a small caliber such as a .22-250 and .243, and you can ruin a throat in less than 1k rounds (if not 5-750 rounds). MV (24 inch barrel). Depending on your skills, you may still need to see a gunsmith if this is the issue. The .243 Win is a necked down version of the .308 Win and was introduced to the shooting world in 1955. 308 vs 6.5 Creedmoor Barrel Life. It is easy to fire-form, and commercial dies are readily available. Winchester introduced the cartridge to the civilian market shortly thereafter in the Model 70 bolt action and the Model 88 lever action. So it should not be too terrible. Heat soak is when the barrel is hot all the way through and the extra mass of a bull barrel means you can shoot more before this happens. Why is it one minute of angle at which we say a barrel has had its day? As far as being bad on barrels, when they were first introduced, the steel wasnt as high of quality as they are now. Don’t think for a second that I blame you, It is a ton of fun to shoot these cartridges! The 25-06 is a better cartridge than the 243. ... which is one reason moderate volume cartridges like 308 Win. Were you on a stable bench? If you don’t care why, just know that barrels shooting slower rounds at lower pressures last much longer than those shooting the barrel burning magnum and varmint cartridges. These chamberings pump a lot of powder through a small bore. In reality the damage caused by cleaning is overstated by some authors, but I have seen it happen. My current favorite varmint load consists of a dose of IMR4350 and 87grn V-MAX. In short, if you ask a precision shooter, barrel life is the expected number of rounds through a barrel before accuracy degrades below one minute of angle at 100 yards. You should replace your barrel when the barrel no longer provides the accuracy that you require from the rifle. What is the expected barrel life of our favourite rifle if we require at least 1 minute of angle accuracy? Using a bore guide can reduce the damage caused by a vigorous clean by ensuring the cleaning rod is perfectly aligned with the bore.. The .308 shoots flatter, hits harder, and bucks the wind better.. .243 barrel life is determined by the barrel. If I'd been better doping the wind back then, I would have shot more good scores with it. Mag. Rodent control work is another shooting chore that can easily overheat barrels, especially with … You can choose the hottest and flattest shooting caliber for your Long Range build, but keep in mind you will most likely have to replace that barrel once a year if you shoot enough. Well, like everything in shooting, it comes back to physics. If you are going to be shooting long range when you are hunting , this difference is going to weigh in. Even though both remained shooting sub MOA the velocity dropped by more than 100 fps from one day to another. The following ammunition cartridge ballistics information and chart can be used to approximately compare .243 Winchester vs .30-06 Springfield ammo rounds. The .308 entered the scene in 1952 as a military service cartridge. This email contact address is not an "Ask the Firearms Expert" service. Charles Rains. Context is everything. Use good barrels, and the life will be greater. The .243 can shoot flat and good in the wind shooting faster and cutting flight time. Warbirdlover, your statement about the .264 Win. You will find retained energy is better than the creed at point blank ranges and that the point blank ranges of each will be much closer together. Big game hunters should consider the .308 Winchester. to the .243 WSSM, down through the .22-250 Rem, .223 Rem, and the .204 Ruger, some are said to be hard on barrels, some easier, but I have yet to wear out a barrel where it becomes unsuited for use. .243 barrel life is as long as any other popular rifle (30-06, .270, etc). 308 vs 6.5 Creedmoor Barrel Life. The .308 entered the scene in 1952 as a military service cartridge. Simply put, burning the same amount of powder in a smaller space will result in shorter barrel life. Don't let a few stories scare you away from an excellent cartridge. Are you, as the shooter, doing your part? Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: The Art of the Rifle: Bolt, Lever, and Pump Action, http://www.riflebarrels.com/faq_lilj...rrels.htm#Life, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiegZyhd5l0, http://www.snipershide.com/forum/ubb...94#Post2686494, http://www.snipershide.com/forum/ubb...56#Post2653056. The .243 Winchester is simply the .308 Winchester necked down to hold .243″ diameter bullets. This one can go either way. Varmint shooting and competitive target shooting are very different in the their effects on barrel life. There are so many variables other than cartridge that contribute to wear and so it is difficult to answer this question based on cartridge alone. How ’bout try longer ELD than the 178 in the 308. I shot one from 2004-2008 in matches before I started shooting the 6.5 Creedmoor in 2008 but I still have a .243 in my safe and use it occasionally. Worked very well with Smith & Wesson M&P 10. Winchester introduced the cartridge to the civilian market shortly thereafter in the Model 70 bolt action and the Model 88 lever action. You will sometimes hear the term ‘chasing the lands’ with respect to this phenomenon. Rob01 These chamberings pump a lot of powder through a small bore. This email link is to reach site administrators for assistance, if you cannot access TFL via other means. I wasn’t overly subtle in the paragraph above. Lots of people think they are an accurate shooter but shooting is a perishable skill. Either they weren't cleaned or were over cleaned with harsh metal eating cleaners and not rinsed out. If you still feel you are qualified to post in those subforums, please contact "Shane Tuttle" (the mod for that portion of TFL) via Private Message for assistance. My current favorite 243 is a Remington 700 parts gun that features a 700 ADL action, 700 BDL/SPS bottom metal, and a 24" stainless SPS barrel all bedded in a McM Remington 7 style stock. Cartridges range from the 6.5x284, .257 Roberts A.I. I gathered the few variations between these two rounds, and I must admit that most of these variations all pointed back to one element, which is the design of their body and finishing. Even though the cartridges share the same roots, there is a pretty big difference in the ballistics of each cartridge that reflects the different priorities wildcatters had when designing the .243 and 7mm-08. The typical barrel length for a repeating hunting rifle chambered for high intensity cartridges, such as the .243, .260, .270, 7mm-08, .308, or .30-06, is 22-24 inches. 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