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Post by watercam on 10/12/2019, 12:21 pm

Realizing that jacketed bullets are harder on barrels, what kind of round count might one expect from a bullseye barrel with one vs. the other. Have had good experiences with lead so far, just wondering if I am missing something.
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Post by Tim:H11 on 10/12/2019, 12:56 pm

The gun will shoot loose before the bore ever shoots out. I could be wrong but when I hear of guns needing to be rebarreled it’s because of other issues and never the bore being worn out.
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Post by watercam on 10/12/2019, 1:56 pm

Oh good, thanks!

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Post by Al on 10/13/2019, 10:51 am

Keep in mind that my experience with this is limited to a total of my first wad gun.  Kart Barrel on a Springfield Loaded frame rebuilt to be a wad gun.

Initially, I shot a lot of jacketed and really hard cast (BN of 22+) with 4.4 WST. It was a 3" gun out of the RR, so nothing barn burning as far as accuracy. As most of my points came from TF & RF, the SF portion wasn't a priority. At 32,000 rds I put it on a RR again & the group had expanded to nearly 6", and had a new Kart barrel fitted. Towards the end of that 32k I finally figured out that hard bullets do not necessarily shoot as well as a soft (BN 9-11) that would expand & fill the grooves. I do still shoot some Zero 185 JHP with 4.6 BE for the SF stage of a few of the important matches, and at well over 50,000 rounds on this barrel, it is still holding 1 1/2" @ 50 yards with the jacketed load. And, with 4.0 clays and the Zero 200 swaged SWC will hold 2- 2 1/4" @ 50.

So just drawing from a sample of 2 barrels, 1 shot with a lot of very hard cast & jacketed bullets; and 1 with all but perhaps 1000 rds shot with 9-11BN softer bullets. Not a large enough sample to draw a conclusion, but it's what I've experienced personally.

No doubt some of our esteemed gunsmith gurus have a much larger sample to draw conclusions from and I would give more attention to their recommendations than mine.

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