I'm concerned about barrel life with the .243. I'm finding all kinds of different figures, anywhere from 800 rounds to 5,000 rounds. If I'm only getting about a thousand out of it I'll be looking at another chambering. I'm really only looking for an inch or so accuracy at 100 yards, although I could put up with one and a half. I'd likely be using 100 grain soft points or, more likely, 80 grain TTSX. I'd probably be loading some middle of the road to fairly warm loads, nothing too hot. The fastest I'd likely be shooting is 3 shot groups in a minute or so at the range, maybe a few quick shots at a fleeing animal. I'm split between stainless and chrome moly. I've heard mixed opinions on which lasts longer. If anyone could chime in with their experience it'd be appreciated.