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Which barrel contour?

Old 02-22-2011, 02:13 PM
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Default Which barrel contour?

Having either a 7mm. Rem. Mag. or .300 Winny built from Hill Country Rifles. I'll be putting in the order next week.
They are recomending at least a #4 contour if I go with a 26" barrel. They said I could "get by" with a #3 contour if we kept barrel length to 24".

Trying to have them build as lightweight of a rifle as possible without sacrificing accuracy.

They're saying a finished weight of about 8 pounds with the #4 contour at 26" with the stock and action we've discussed.

I was HOPING to get the finished weight down to about 7 1/4 to 7 1/2 pounds without scope.

Main question is, which contour would you suggest for a 26" barrel to keep weight down but still be stiff enough for excellent accuracy?
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Old 02-22-2011, 02:25 PM
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Surprised they said this. Melvin Forbes gets it done with a #3, and lightest guns available.

But Melvins guns are about the only ones I would trust with this. NULAs.
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Old 02-22-2011, 02:34 PM
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The more I think about it, I might do better to just get used to the extra 1/2 pound of weight and stay with a #4 or #5 contour barrel.
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Old 02-22-2011, 02:56 PM
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Food for thought;

I know it's not much help if you're going with Hill Country ~ sorry !

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Old 02-22-2011, 03:41 PM
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Man, I just can't get used to the thought of having to tote a #5 barrel around out there. Seriously. I really think a #3, if of good stock, would be sufficient... but what the "H" do I know... just an old redneck...
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Old 02-22-2011, 04:31 PM
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my STW is a #5 fluted 26" with brake, it weighs 8.5# with a 6.5x20 loopy with loopy mounts and rings.

How did you get that whole setup at 8.5 pounds?
Can you tell me what the total setup is? Stock, action, barrel, ect.
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Old 02-23-2011, 06:50 AM
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You could always go with an ABS, Christensen, Magnum Research or Wasatch barrel...
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Old 02-24-2011, 08:47 AM
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Schoolcraft, if you are wanting a lighter rifle, why not use a shorter barrel? With a shorter barrel, you can then use a slimmer contour, the weight is lowered. It sounds sort of like you are wanting antagonistic qualities -- maybe you'll just have to choose what is most important to you and live with the less than ideal value of the other parameter.
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