Barrel Contour



  • Looking to re-barrel a 700P short action in 6.5CM. I'm thinking about a Bartlien barrel. If I want to stick with a 26" barrel, what is the lightest contour I could get and still maintain good groups out to 1300-1400yds with 50-100 rounds in a day?

    Trying to see if I can multi purpose a target rifle into a part time hunting rifle. I can lug the bull barrel through the woods but I prefer to lighten the load if I can. If might be a big if... this is my first re-barrel so this may be a dumb question.. If it is id rather take my lumps here than in the pocket book.

    Thx



  • A lot depends on how you define good groups and how quickly the groups have to be fired. If you have 5 minutes to fire 10 shots and need to keep them all in 1/4 MOA at 1400, then you are going to need wheels, if you have 5 minutes between shots and 1 MOA is competitive then a much lighter barrel will cool faster. Usually the best answer can be inferred by examination of the winner's equipment. Assuming you go in humble, that is. If you intend to win it all on your first attempt, then go big and get a hunting rifle for the woods work.



  • @rr2241tx said:

    A lot depends on how you define good groups and how quickly the groups have to be fired. If you have 5 minutes to fire 10 shots and need to keep them all in 1/4 MOA at 1400, then you are going to need wheels, if you have 5 minutes between shots and 1 MOA is competitive then a much lighter barrel will cool faster. Usually the best answer can be inferred by examination of the winner's equipment. Assuming you go in humble, that is. If you intend to win it all on your first attempt, then go big and get a hunting rifle for the woods work.

    I've got the Howa 1500 30-06 in stainless with the Houge furniture for hunting. It's good for the one or occasional second shot I take in hunting season.

    It's been suggested that a medium Palma might do the trick. 4.65 lbs I believe will keep me around 15lbs for the weapon. Are you thinking I should go the 1.05 straight slab? I've got 2 barrels 30" for my DT that are 1.05's. I've only done the load development for the 6.5CM so far. It's shoots great, but man it's a monster.

    I enjoy shooting PRS style shoots and that means 8-10 rounds in 90-120 seconds. Truth be told I seldom fire all 8 or 10, but I like the challenge I have no illusions about winning one of these shoots, but it helps me identify my shooting positions that need work. These PRS organizers dream up some pretty sadistic stuff, BUT in the field you seldom if ever get to fire under ideal conditions while hunting. My hunting shot placement is ultimately what I want to sharpen by these cruel and unusual punishments I endure.



  • Given the PRS timing, I tend to agree that a Palma contour is likely your best compromise. I have, ahem...a few...really heavy, barely tapered target guns and I can assure you that none of them are ever going to be taken anywhere that requires a lot of walking and carrying. My current favorite hunting rifles are in the guns tab and both are too heavy for still hunting let alone stalking. I fondled a friend's Kimber 84???, designation uncertain, this weekend. It is a 6.5 Creedmoor and with a lightweight scope comes in at about 5#. I wouldn't want to bet that follow up shots would be touching the first shot, but it certainly would be a lot easier to carry up the side of a mountain than a 15# rifle that will put 20 rounds in one hole.


 

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