# How long does a rifle barrel last?

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by Yunus, Sep 26, 2011.

1. ### YunusActive Member

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Excusing any details like large caliber and extreme rates of fire it is common to answer this question by saying a few thousand bullets. That answer is fairly accurate. However there is another way to think about it that really puts it into perspective. Would it shock you to learn that average barrel life is under six seconds?

Gone in Six Seconds — The Shocking Truth of Barrel Life « Daily Bulletin

2. ### TrezWell-Known Member

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Maybe if you a bench rest shooter... I dont seem to have any problems with my ol' mil-surps and im sure they have shot more than 3,000 rounds...

3. ### mrm14Active Member

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That 6 second rule for barrel life does vary a few fractions of a second depending on the caliber and velocity of the bullet. 243 Win. is a total barrel burner and 300 Win. Mag. is a throat burner as an example. The barrel of that 300 Win. Mag. I had built last year for 1000 yard target rifle lasted only 1132 rounds which is normal life span for how I used it.

I'd be curious of how many seconds that 1132 rounds equates to.

4. ### JpyleNew Member

Assuming an average muzzle velocity in excess of 2000 fps along a 24" barrel the bullet is in the barrel 1 one thousandeth (.001) of a second. Your total bullet-in-barrel time is about 1.1 seconds; (1,100 x .001)

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5. ### YunusActive Member

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Another way to think of this. Cost per hour of work. At \$300 a barrel and assuming were getting a full 6 seconds of useful work out of the barrel we need to replace 10 per minute and 60 minutes in an hour.

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\$180,000 per hour! How much do you get paid per hour?

About 2000 hours is the normal amount of time a person works in a year. To hire a barrel for a year would cost \$360,000,000.

6. ### JpyleNew Member

Plus benes if its a union barrel.

7. ### BenLubyNew Member

But then it won't work half the time and you don't know if it's fake or not.

8. ### mrm14Active Member

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3080 fps MV. and 28" long barrel. Probably still about the same in time.

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Well a union barrel would cost 30,000\$ each work for .04 seconds each 1000 rounds and protest governer scott walker of wisconsin the rest of the time

10. ### JpyleNew Member

ok...here goes...

3080 feet = 36,960 inches

36,960 inches = 1,320 28" barrels

bullet is in barrel .00075 seconds

1,132 rounds x .00075 seconds per round = .85 seconds bullet-in-barrel time.

11. ### YunusActive Member

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Of all the things I don't want protesting me, a rifle barrel has got to be close to the top.

12. ### ChicagoJoeNew Member

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Dave Petzel wrote a good article about barrel life in an old issue of Field and Stream. The central point was it depended on how hot a load you were putting through the barrel and whether you allowed the barrel to cool between shots. I'll go dig out the issue and give you the year and month.