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Posted: July 12 2018 at 11:00am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

When I had a full service gunsmithing shop I recall
installing new barrels on about 3 dozen rifles. Other
that 6 I built from Mauser actions for custom orders, the
others were for caliber change. In the 80's everyone
wanted to be different... Come to think of it they still
do!

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Posted: July 12 2018 at 6:56pm | IP Logged Quote hoghunter

M700 wrote:
Hoghunter - don't give up on that Hart barrel. I had one in .308 Win that was uncannily accurate... Was sad to see that one go.

Have a Douglas barrel on my Model 70 375 H&H, it was re-barreled from a 7mm Rem mag, but that happened before I bought the rifle.

The Douglas barrel has been excellent. Most of my others have been Kriegers.

Guy


Thanks for the encouragement but giving up isn't in my nature especially when I spent $700 on the barrel.   

What's puzzling to me is that I've been shooting the 243 since the late 60's. I've owned a bunch of them. My tried and true tested loads are not working in this rifle - a real head scratcher but I'll keep testing.
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Posted: July 12 2018 at 8:10pm | IP Logged Quote Buffalogun

Never had a firearm rebarreled but I did build this M98 VZ24 from scratch back around 2006.
The rifle came to me as a military rifle in 8x57 that Bubba had laid a heavy hand on. I call it the "Dragon" because with most powders the 17.5" barrel belches flame at the shot. The rifle is chambered in .7mm-08 Rem.(thanks Rem1875)



and it shoots like this...


Even though the groups are from only 25yds., the accuracy isn't too bad for a $90 Adams and Bennett barrel.


Mike

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Posted: July 13 2018 at 3:20am | IP Logged Quote M700

Hoghunter - you sure it's the twist you specified? Once in a while a maker ships a barrel with the wrong twist.

Then it's tough to get the thing to shoot well, if you're using bullets it's not suited for.

Just a shot in the dark there. Ya, being it's a Hart, it ought to shoot pretty well. Disappointing for sure if it's not.

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Buffalogun
And what caliber is Dragon???
Nice piece by the way...
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I enjoy tinkering with firearms! Last year one of the big stores put Savage Axis rifles on sale for decent prices. At the time Savage offered a $50 rebate, too.

I picked this one up and it came with the scope already mounted. It was chambered in .308 Winchester.

Late last year I purchased an E.R. Shaw barrel kit for Savage rifles that contained the barrel, barrel nut wrench, go and no-go gauges, barrel cleaning compound and gun oil for $179 with free shipping. The new barrel is chambered in .260 Remington.

These were the initial groups and I think it will be a good shooter. Loads in these groups were Nosler 120gr. Ball Tips over H4831SC powder.





I like tinkering with fireams!


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Those Ballistic Tips do pretty good.

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Posted: July 13 2018 at 6:30pm | IP Logged Quote hoghunter

M700 wrote:
Hoghunter - you sure it's the twist you specified? Once in a while a maker ships a barrel with the wrong twist.

Then it's tough to get the thing to shoot well, if you're using bullets it's not suited for.

Just a shot in the dark there. Ya, being it's a Hart, it ought to shoot pretty well. Disappointing for sure if it's not.

Guy


I did check the twist, 10" which is what I ordered. Plan was to shoot my favorite bullet, the 85 Sierra BTHP. Never had a 243 that didn't shoot this very well. It's a great all around bullet for the 243.

Anyway, tested several loads using IMR 4350, IMR 4064, Varget, H4895. Had trouble getting 1 inch - 5 shot groups.

Tried the Nosler 80 grain BT and got the tightest group to date, .780 with Varget. I guess I can live with this but might test some more.
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