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Posted: September 01 2017 at 1:30pm | IP Logged Quote safari100

My wives 308 is just at 2000 rounds Still shoots great. Just wondering? The rifle is a Ruger 77 stainless and has only had a diet of 165 gr. Hornadys and A-Frames at 2750 for its entire life. Any thoughts?

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I think you have a long way to go with that before you see any problems.

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I have over 2,000 through mine and it still shoots sub
MOA with tailored handloads. The 308 is not a barrel
burner if not abused by rapid firing.

If you can refrain from constantly shooting rapid strings
of fire you should be able to get close to 5,000 rounds
of hunting accuracy out of the rifle (i.e. 1 1/2 moa).
It's the heat from rapid firing that accelerates throat
erosion and premature barrel burn out.

Also, cleaning after ever 20 to 30 rounds with a quality
solvent system* will help kept copper from buidling up
and prevent the formation of carbon ring. Use a bore
guide to prevent damage to bore from the cleaning rod
when cleaning.

*a quality solvent system should employ both carbon and
copper removal capability.
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Posted: September 01 2017 at 7:40pm | IP Logged Quote safari100

The rifle shoots 3/4" with my loads and is cleaned every 40-50 rounds. I use Hoppes #9 and a brush then dry and go to Hoppes Elite with a brush until patches are clean. I then run a patch with RemOil for storage.
My wife shoots a 3 shot string and then shoots the 22 until the barrel of the 308 cools.
Thanks for the input. Her rifle is the most heavily used as she only shoots 308 and 22. My shooting is spread amongst many #1 rifles so none get heavy wear.
Thanks again,comments and advise from this site are always welcome and appreciated.

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I shot the .308 Win in competition for years and wore out a few barrels.

Typically they'd produce match-winning accuracy for at least 4,000 rounds. The cut-rifled Kriegers I preferred would often run up to 6,000 rounds or so of excellent accuracy.

Honestly, for a hunting rifle, a .308 Win is probably going to last thousands of rounds beyond that, and most hunters will never wear out the barrel.

Other cartridges I've used haven't been so kind on barrels, but the .308 is a peach.

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This occurs to me, it's said ball powders burn hotter than stick powders and in my limited and very unscientific shooting experiences with both, I believe this to be true. How much difference will powder type make?

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