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Old July 5th, 2009, 03:02 PM #1
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Rebarreling my 22-250 to 308 questions

I'm seriously thinking about rebarreling my Tikka Master Sporter to 308 from 22-250. From what I've read this is really as simple as just buying a barrel and having a gunsmith install it. What else should I have him to that could potentially help with accuracy? The plan is to shoot out the 22-250 barrel first. but I'd like to have everything in place for when I do. It already has very good optics,mounts, and trigger. It also already shoots .5 MOA. Is a Lilja barrel the way to go? I'd like to be able to possibly push this out to 1k yards. I'm thinking about a 26" 1/12 twist Heavy Varmint taper fluted Lilja barrel. Any local gunsmiths up to the task?
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I could be wrong but I believe if you are going to shoot 308 long range it is best done with the heavy 175 + bullets. If that is the case I would go with a 1/10 twist. That is what is on most 30-06, 300 win mag and others of that size. we even have some barrels at work in 1/9.25 for 30 cal work.
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May take a while to shoot out that barrel. Know that high pressure cartridges eat them but what bout 3,000 rounds (I believe that is about what '06 is).
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22-250 is pretty hard on barrels and I load mine pretty hot. JSW I got the 1/12 from reading up on shooting 168 gr. bullets at 2800fps will stay supersonic out to 1100 yrds.
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I don't know anything about the tikka action, but if you are re-barreling you want the receiver squared/trued, and the bolt face and lugs lapped too.

With the barrel and labor, you are going to spend close to the price of a rem700 on sale at dicks or cabelas. If you are going to spend the kind of money that will buy another gun, you should end up with two guns imho.
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I have plenty of Rem. 700's and other bolt action rifles. I whant this gun to be special. Tikka Master Sporters are like the little brother of the TRG. I have no problem with pumping 800$ or so into it to make it something special. To buy a new gun and make it comparable would cost probably around 2k$. Plus I doubt you could ever find a smoother action. Besides I plan on waiting until I shoot out the factory barrel so I'd have to rebarrel it anyway.
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Russ, you're my hero! I have always drooled over the Tikka Master Sporter (and the Sako "big brother"), and am impressed that someone is talking about shooting out the barrel, instead of letting it sit in a safe for posterity....
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there are several members here that shoot long range, and a co-worker just finished SF sniper school and all have said to reach out that far they prefer the heavy bullets. Most use the sierra 175 match kings. The military even has a 173 gr in 308 (not for combat) load that is for long range shooting. Since I have problems past 500 the 168's do me just fine. I still like 1/10 in 30 cal for a couple other reasons I won't say on here.
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there are several members here that shoot long range, and a co-worker just finished SF sniper school and all have said to reach out that far they prefer the heavy bullets. Most use the sierra 175 match kings. The military even has a 173 gr in 308 (not for combat) load that is for long range shooting. Since I have problems past 500 the 168's do me just fine. I still like 1/10 in 30 cal for a couple other reasons I won't say on here.
private message? I'm open to the twist thing. I'll read everything I can before I make my decision. The majortiy of my shooting will be under 500yrds but I'd like to be able to punch out that far.
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Russ, you're my hero! I have always drooled over the Tikka Master Sporter (and the Sako "big brother"), and am impressed that someone is talking about shooting out the barrel, instead of letting it sit in a safe for posterity....
You are welcome to come shoot it.
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