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  • I bought my 264 Win Mag in 1970. I,m pretty sure it needs a new barrel because the groups are not what they used to be and are o

    I bought my 264 Win Mag in 1970. I,m pretty sure it needs a new barrel because the groups are not what they used to be and are opening up at longer ranges. I love this rifle. What barrel should I be looking for, twist rate, etc. It has a 24 inch SS barrel now and has about 2500 rounds through it. Second question, am I wasting my time since I have other rifles? I'm thinking a 26 inch tube

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    If I were you, I would first make sure it was the barrel causing your problems. My Rem 700 started to spread after 20 years, and it turned out the stock just needed rebedded due to all the weather extremes.

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      I'll check that. My action was beeded years ago. 2500 rounds is quite a few but not excessive, is it? It does operate at pretty high pressures.

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        I had something similar happen with my Rem. 700ADL 7mm Rem. Mag. a few years back and I had to get a new stock because of warping. Also, don't overlook the obvious---check your scope and mounts.

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          2500 rounds through it? Ya' it's about toast! Replace it with a 1-8 twist 24 inch, 26 less blast and about 75 fps more velocity

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            I think the original factory twist was RH nine inches.

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            • #7
              As Old Salt points out 2500 rounds fired from any barrel using a blistering caliber like a 264 Winchester is going to show some wear and tear. I thought it was common knowledge that the 264 ate barrels like fast food. Its long range capabilities as a big game round especially at the time of its development ensured a following. Most guys don't fire more than a few rounds a year with their magnum rifle. You develop an accurate load, do a little practicing each year and fire a shot or two at big game..maybe 20 to 40 rounds a year at most. That means it would take from 62 to 125 years to fire 2500 rounds. If I fired 2500 rounds out of any hunting rifle selling the gun would be like cutting off an arm. Re-barrel the rifle and treat her a little more kindly. Blast away those thousands of rounds out of calibers that don't act like a cutting torch in the chamber....222, .223, 243, .257 Roberts, .260 Rem, 6.5X55, 7mm-08, 7X57, .308, 30-06, 8X57. I bet you own at least one of these other calibers or offsprings of them. Reserve the hunting honours to the rifle that has obviously been your weapon of choice for many years by restoring her. If you choose to do otherwise I predict you will feel regret at some time down the line.

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