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22-250 barrel life?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Takem406, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. Takem406

    Takem406 Well-Known Member

    I've had my VSF since 2008. When I first bought it I hadn't shot it a lot but since it's seen some dog towns and range time. It's still shoots five shot clovers.

    I'm not shy with using max loads and the rifle prefers them.

    How do you know when your barrel is toast? Can a Smith just simply put a bore light in it and tell?

    I guess it's my bad for not documenting how many rounds it eaten...

    When it does come time to replace it, what barrel company do I go with? Something in the $300 range? I've met the guy from Hart when he was in town on an elk hunt. Seems like a great guy.

    In God and Glock we Trust
  2. creeper1956

    creeper1956 Well-Known Member

    It's a matter of what your maximum tolerance for accuracy is. If you're happy with "five shot clovers", then when those clovers start to open up to 5 separate holes, get a new barrel.

    On the other hand, if you want them all in .400" or less, you need a barrel now.
    Hart, Shilen, Krieger, Blackstar and Lija are all premium, benchrest quality barrel makers... to name but a few. ;)
    They can look at throat erosion and muzzle condition (you are using a bore guide... right?), but unless they have a borescope, that's about all they can see well. Sometimes, you run into a barrel that looks pretty used up, and it still shoots 3/4" or less groups all day long... which for a lot of folks, is plenty fine.
    Sometimes a re-crown and/or re-chamber will take a OK barrel and turn it back into a great barrel.
    First, find a quality gunsmith... many custom barrel makers will recommend a 'smith in your location. If you met Hart and like the guy, you can't go wrong with a Hart barrel... they've been on guns winning literally thousands of shooting competitions.
    Hart has a full service gunsmithing shop... they can chamber, finish and install your barrel. The barrel and work will cost about as much as you paid for your entire rifle... benchrest quality barrels and 'smithing ain't cheap. :D

  3. Art Eatman

    Art Eatman Administrator Staff Member

    If your primary purpose is for prairie dogs, you're pretty much okay until your groups open up toward an MOA or a bit over--unless you cut back to a couple of hundred yards for your shots.

    Throat erosion is the common culprit. A competent gunsmith can cut the barrel back past that problem and reset it. That will commonly restore accuracy.
  4. Takem406

    Takem406 Well-Known Member

    Thanks guys!

    Yep, bore guide and Teflon one piece rod.

    It's actually more like a one hole a quarter to nickel sized group.

    Looking forward to a new barrel anyways to be able to go from a 1-14 to a 1-12 twist. Make it more friendly for heavier bullets.

    Really lucky to have a German gunsmith near by when the time comes.

    In God and Glock we Trust
  5. adelbridge

    adelbridge Well-Known Member

    you should be good for 4000 rounds
  6. firesky101

    firesky101 Well-Known Member

    I am a fan of shaw barrels. They are great for the price.
  7. TexasPatriot.308

    TexasPatriot.308 Well-Known Member

    how many average owners of .22-250s shoot enough rounds to burn out a barrel? very few I would say.
  8. chaser_2332

    chaser_2332 Well-Known Member

    No real science to when a barrel is done. Just shoot until your not happy with the accuracy then set it back or rebarrel. I would strongly recommend bartlein barrels
  9. Takem406

    Takem406 Well-Known Member

    What about shooting a hot barrel? What's that effect? I know there's times when I really need to let it cool, but there's that one last dog.

    In God and Glock we Trust
  10. IROCZ

    IROCZ Well-Known Member

    My .22/250 wears a E.R. Shaw barrel and I am very happy with it. Texas Patriot, we have chucks in Pa, we shoot ours alot! Luckily, E.R. Shaw is right down the road from me so it is easy to get a new barrel. We get about 4k out of a barrel with careful cleaning. When the action is fast we leave our bolts open between shots to try to keep the heat down on the barrel.
  11. joed

    joed Well-Known Member

    The rifle will tell you when the barrel is shot out. What you'll notice is a nice 3 shot group and the the 4th off somewhere else on the paper.

    A gunsmith can inspect the bore and tell you when it's time. I took mine in because of the fliers and that was when I was told the bore was getting smooth.

    From what I've seen with a .22-250 average life is somewhere around 1500 rounds before accuracy starts to go.

    Takem406, you have a good view on rebarreling. I've shot one rifle out and was thrilled to have it redone. It now shoots very small groups and cleans up with 2 patches.
  12. Rottweiler

    Rottweiler Well-Known Member

    I was recently thinking my .22-250's barrel was done too. Instead of heading straight into re-barrel mode I cleaned the hell out of it with JB bore paste and then gave it a second chance to prove its self. It hits clay pigeons at 500 yards AGAIN, just like it did 2-3000 rounds ago. How long will this hold up? I'll have to get back to you on that.
  13. SwampWolf

    SwampWolf Well-Known Member

    I'm of the opinion that more premature barrel/chamber wear, especially when shooting a high velocity cartridge like the 22-250, is caused by rapid firing with a heated barrel than is caused by the number of rounds shot (within a practical limit of comparison-in other words, firing 5,000 bullets from a cold barrel would no doubt cause more barrel/chamber wear than would fifty shots fired rapidly through a hot barrel). When shooting my Swift (or even my rifles chambered in the relatively mild .223) I take my time between shots-even if the next dog on the list is giving me the finger. :p
  14. joed

    joed Well-Known Member

    And there you have why my .25-06 needed a new barrel at 900 rounds. When I bought that rifle new I became a fanatic at using JB bore paste. I'm sure that's what hurried the wear

    Since the rebarreling I use Sweets when I need to get copper fouling out. It eats copper and isn't abrasive.
  15. Vern Humphrey

    Vern Humphrey Well-Known Member

    Generally speaking, when accuracy begins to fall off, you need to thoroughly clean the barrel, then load the bullet a little farther out, closer to the lede. That'll usually allow you another thousand or so rounds.

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