Howdy THR ! Need some help from the Pro's


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ibtexex
May 3, 2012, 11:42 PM
I am looking to buy a Remington BDL in 240 weatherby. I notice on the barrel it is stamped Womack 240 weatherby. Now I am no expert, but no my way around the Remington line. Come someone tell me if; This is a custom barrel fitted to the Rem action or did in fact Remington offer this caliber?

I am looking to purchase for my son - -

Any help will be greatly appreciated !

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ibtexex
May 3, 2012, 11:48 PM
Yuk... Need to slow down while typing.. Sorry for the errors

xmanpike
May 4, 2012, 12:06 AM
I believe an old friend of mine bought a rifle with Womack stamped. We did a little research and apparently he was a gunsmith that made some great rifles. One that won camp perry.

ibtexex
May 4, 2012, 12:11 AM
That would be really cool. The story that I am getting is the rifle was given to his wife from her grandfather.. Has been a safe queen for the last 10 years.. In your opinion, is there any obvious things I need to look for regarding issues etc??

xmanpike
May 4, 2012, 12:33 AM
Here is what I found when I researched it for him:


Womack was a gunsmith and writer. He wrote a number of books on firearms, several of which are "Encyclopedia of American Gun Design and Performance" (1983), "America Rifle Design and Performance" (1977) and, books on shotguns and pistols.

In the "about the author" writeup on the jacket, it says:
"L.R. Womack has been involved with firearms all his life. During World War II, he trained Ordinance personnel in small arms repair and maintenance, later commanding a Small Arms shop in Hawaii. After the war, he was a custom gunsmith in New Yrok State before moving to New England and entering the advertising busness. He has written several books and numerous magazine articles on firearms."

xmanpike
May 4, 2012, 12:34 AM
But, apparently there are quite a few "Womack" gunsmiths. Don't know about issues. Check the bore, bedding, and go from there. Best of luck!

ibtexex
May 4, 2012, 12:47 AM
Thank you Sir !

xmanpike
May 4, 2012, 01:11 AM
I would check serial no. And find date of manufacture so you could solidify some evidence if who exactly made it.

ibtexex
May 4, 2012, 01:18 AM
That is a great idea. I shouldn't be concerned of "cooked" barrel since the 240 is typically not a hot round and if it is a custom barrel, then it was build to handle. Am I thinking correctly?

xmanpike
May 4, 2012, 01:36 AM
I would be more worried about how well it was taken care of if it's older. Pitting can ruin accuracy damn quick.

ibtexex
May 4, 2012, 01:46 AM
I will have a bore light with me to check that..

LoonWulf
May 4, 2012, 01:49 AM
I would be mildly concerned about throat erosion the .240 is actually a very hot round. For all intensive purpose a 6mm-06.

As a hunting rifle its unlikely to have been "cooked", but if its a heavy barreled gun it might have been put to long range varmint duty.

NCsmitty
May 4, 2012, 05:35 PM
I concur that it's fairly hot round as mentioned and is quite similar to the 6mm-284 and 6mm-06. Unless you reload, shooting factory ammo will be very expensive at around $65 a box. There is no doubt that it has a laser trajectory, but a serious bore inspection needs to be made of the throat. We hope that it works out for you.


NCsmitty

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