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    Barrel Life?

    How many rounds in a 336, .30/.30 caliber, before the barrel is shot out? Thanks.

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    Re: Barrel Life?

    Unless you shoot enough at one time to heat the barrel and keep shooting in an attempt to purposely destroy the barrel, it won't happen in your lifetime. 30-30 is just too mild to erode the barrel or wear down the rifling.
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    Re: Barrel Life?

    Modern barrels have the best steel. Fire away!

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    Re: Barrel Life?

    It usually takes me about 5000 - 6000 rounds to "shoot out" a .308 Win barrel in competition. Meaning that it's no longer capable of winning a 600 yards match. It might be just fine for hunting at normal ranges for another couple of thousand rounds.

    The .30-30 is a milder cartridge, and I'd guess that unless somebody really heats up the barrel, it will last many thousands of rounds. 8,000? 10,000? More?

    Most barrel wear is actually erosion just ahead of the chamber, from the hot burning gasses. Intense overbore cartridges like the .25-06, 7mm mag and .30 cal magnums tend to have rather short effective barrel lives. I know match shooters who use the 6.5-284, loaded for 1000 yard competition who simply replace the barrel every winter (some replace it half-way through the shooting season as well). But that's not a mild .30-30 cartridge!

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    Shoot it and never worry about it.. your grandkids .. kids will shoot and have no issues with it.
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    At $13 per box for 10K rounds the total would be $6500 for ammunition. If you can afford to "shoot out" a barrel, you can certainly afford a new 30-30.

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    Re: Barrel Life?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jake
    At $13 per box for 10K rounds the total would be $6500 for ammunition. If you can afford to "shoot out" a barrel, you can certainly afford a new 30-30.
    Thats Funny but true

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    Re: Barrel Life?

    more barrels are ruined with improper cleaning than have ever been shot out. With normal use a bbl will last several lifetimes.

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    I have over 12,000 rounds through my 336CB and 10,000 through my 1895, and though they were mostly fired with moderate cast loads. Rifling looks new. Throats are slightly used. Accuracy has gotten better with time.

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    Amen on the improper cleaning as a major cause of worn barrels. I used to be a clean barrel freek but no longer. Your barrel will shoot well for many many rounds between cleaning. Just be sure to lightly oil the bore after hunting season then give it a wipe before your next range session. Keep an eeye on the rifling at the muzzel for copper fouling and give it a good cleaning when it needs it, which with the 30-30 is not very often.
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