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    6.5x55 - 25.06 Barrel Life

    When buying a secondhand 6.5x55 or 25.06 are there any concerns with barrel life or throat erosion in either calibre ?
    I understand the 25.06 is a hotter round and have heard the words barrel burner used more the once, Anything else to look out for in either calibre ?
    Thanks.

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    In theory the .25-06 should degrade faster but these days leave a wet moderator on the barrel and it may have more impact

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    Ok so with a 25-06 velocity is king. Having said that, mines 11 years old now & still shoots .5" @ 100yds or better if I don't wobble & worse if I do.
    I run 100gnbullets @ MV 3250fps & 110gn @ MV 3120fps.
    As for barrel life, depends how you look after it... round after round without allowing the barrel to cool and poor cleaning regime will bu$$er any barrel up quickly.
    Look after your barrel properly and you should enjoy good life from it.

    Nothing wrong with either cartridge/calibre & both will drop anything the UK has to offer. ATB
    Last edited by deeangeo; 31-12-2014 at 09:03. Reason: Spelling typo!
    Blaser K95 Luxus Kipplaufbüchse .25-06Rem. Zeiss 8x56, 110gn Nosler Accubond = Game Over!

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    6.5x55... at least 5,000 rounds before any fall off
    .25-06....1.500 rounds if you shoot it like too many people do, and overheat it.

    Stay away from the double base powders and you will run cooler. The .25-06 doesn't need them; it has enough juice. I am a .257 Roberts and .250 Savage shooter, but I would try IMR 7828 and H100V in the .25-06 with 117-gr SST or 110-gr Accubond if you like speed. A friend of mine hunts with a .25-06 A-Bolt II Stainless Stalker 22-inch barrel, loaded down from max for accuracy with 120-gr Nosler Partition and H-4831 ... 1/2 inch groups and deer lightning at about 2,900 fps.
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    Thanks for the replys, Comments noted and taken on board, Sounds like i'll have to be a bit more careful when looking and buying if i go the 25.06 route.
    Cheers.

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    A piece of advice I was given when hunting for good second hand rifles: look for one that hasnt been screw cut.

    These days, this usually means it's been owned by a casual recreational stalker - so will not have seen much use. It also avoids all the problems associated with poor moderator care (being left on wet etc).

    It also frequently brings down the price, since they are much less saught after.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern View Post
    6.5x55... at least 5,000 rounds before any fall off
    .25-06....1.500 rounds if you shoot it like too many people do, and overheat it.

    Stay away from the double base powders and you will run cooler. The .25-06 doesn't need them; it has enough juice. I am a .257 Roberts and .250 Savage shooter, but I would try IMR 7828 and H100V in the .25-06 with 117-gr SST or 110-gr Accubond if you like speed. A friend of mine hunts with a .25-06 A-Bolt II Stainless Stalker 22-inch barrel, loaded down from max for accuracy with 120-gr Nosler Partition and H-4831 ... 1/2 inch groups and deer lightning at about 2,900 fps.
    5000 rounds accurate life in a 6.5x55 barrel Are you sure, my mates 260 rem lost all accuracy after 2000 shots and is scrap, near identical performance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swarovski View Post
    5000 rounds accurate life in a 6.5x55 barrel Are you sure, my mates 260 rem lost all accuracy after 2000 shots and is scrap, near identical performance.
    The Swedish Army seems to have found that 5,000 rounds gave about the first signs of wear affecting accuracy in their rifles. The same is true of the 8x57JS and .30-06, though I have had some armorers tell me of certain 7.62x51mm barrels (brands) which went 20,000. The .260 Remington is operating at higher velocities and pressures than the 6.5x55 Swede's normal load. Same thing for the 6.5-284 and the .264 Winchester Magnum, which burn even more powder for incrementally more performance. Where is that energy going? Heat.
    Last edited by Southern; 31-12-2014 at 21:32.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern View Post
    6.5x55... at least 5,000 rounds before any fall off
    .25-06....1.500 rounds if you shoot it like too many people do, and overheat it.

    Stay away from the double base powders and you will run cooler. The .25-06 doesn't need them; it has enough juice. I am a .257 Roberts and .250 Savage shooter, but I would try IMR 7828 and H100V in the .25-06 with 117-gr SST or 110-gr Accubond if you like speed. A friend of mine hunts with a .25-06 A-Bolt II Stainless Stalker 22-inch barrel, loaded down from max for accuracy with 120-gr Nosler Partition and H-4831 ... 1/2 inch groups and deer lightning at about 2,900 fps.
    +1 A .25 doesn't need to be run hot to be accurate. I run mine 2" high at 100yds on about mid range (between min max load data) and with 110gr's its all holes touching at 100 for a factory rifle. IMR4831 for me!

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