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How many rounds until you should think about changing your barrel?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by eclayton05, Mar 10, 2010.

  1. eclayton05

    eclayton05 Battle Ground WA New Member

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    My friend and I were shooting the other day and the topic came up of after how many rounds should you change the barrel of your hand gun(specifically my 9mm XDm and his 9mm XD service). He seemed to think somewhere around 5,000 but i think that is too low. I told him at the rate that i've been shooting since i got interested in firearm and personal protection that i would have to change my barrel every year and that doesn't seem right, but idon't know i am new. What do you think???
     
  2. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    I have to see something such as throat erosion or wear in the barrel, or notice a change in accuracy. That's rare. Imho high powered rifles will more likely wear barrels. High powered is relative - I wore out a chrome moly AR-15 barrel after about 5,000 rounds from throat erosion. On the other hand I put 100k rounds through a .22lr rifle with no noticeable problems.

    Actually, my "thing" is changing the mainspring in semi-autos every 1,000 rounds and even sooner if the manufacturer calls for it. That spring weakens with cycling, but may show the weakening suddenly rather than progressively. By the time it's seriously weakened, it will actually also be shorter than the new one, but I never wait that long. A weak spring will cause feeding/ejecting problems.

    The same goes for mag springs. They can stay loaded or empty or anywhere in between without harm. It's cycling which wears springs out.

    I have a Browning High Power with more than 20k rounds through it and the barrel is still fine.

    YMMV.
     
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  3. Ben Beckerich

    Ben Beckerich NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    i guess it can depend a little on application, and on the handgun.. but generally speaking, i'd say replace the barrel somewhere between 100,000 and never.. handguns don't burn NEARLY hot enough to eat barrels.

    5,000 rounds... that's funny. that's barely broken in, for nitrated poly gun.
     
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  4. SSG

    SSG Lane County New Member

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    Check for wear and accuracy degradation.
     
  5. longcolt

    longcolt Zephyrhills, FL Active Member

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    Excellent advice! Springs yes, barrel replacement is rare.

    Some of the hot magmum rifles can fry a barrel but again its rare you would want to shoot one that much.

    I would suspect that the quanity of rounds fired through an AR or mini-14 could result in a barrel replacement before any handgun or hunting rifle.

    I have been shooting since the 1960's and have never shot out a barrel.
     
  6. RallySoob

    RallySoob Salem, OR Active Member

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  7. eclayton05

    eclayton05 Battle Ground WA New Member

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    Thanks I didn't even think about the spring and with as much as i practice i will need to keep on that.
     
  8. 45_70Sharps

    45_70Sharps Raymond Member

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    Let your buddies think they barrel wears out at whatever number that trips their boat. They probably tend to blame their bad shooting on the gun being worn out.
    Just agree with them and after a while tell them that you will buy it. You know it doesn't shoot worth a damn anymore but you just want a beater gun anyway.
    Offer them what a gun that won't shoot any good is worth.
    Next time you go shooting with them you can out shoot them with their "worn out" gun.
     
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  9. jonn5335

    jonn5335 Longview Active Member

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    When your firearm can no longer shoot better than the operator.
     
  10. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    :s0065:

    You just revived a 6 year old thread and added nothing of value to the conversation...

    Kudos?:s0168:
     
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  11. IheartSig

    IheartSig Beaverton Diamond Supporter Diamond Supporter Platinum Supporter

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  12. Mikej

    Mikej Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Holy crap! I didn't realize how long I'd been a member here. Doesn't seem like it's been that long. Like they say I guess, time flies?
    Hmm.
     
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  13. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    To top it off, the OP hasn't been on the forum since 2010 as well. My guess is he won't see the reply :D
     
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  14. Medic!

    Medic! What just happened? Has eagle eyes. But cant remember what he saw. Bronze Supporter

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    Wait I actually have something constructive to add! :D

    Mag dumps can cause premature throat erosion.
    So how you shoot can be more important than the number of rounds you put through a barrel.

    Also I have used copper solvents to clean out badly fouled barrels. Barrels that had their accuracy fall off badly! And returned them to sub MOA guns.

    OK. ''That is all''.

    You may now return this thread to it's grave. And give it it's long and just sleep. :s0047:
     
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  15. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I'll change my barrel when it blows up.
    Or starts shooting like a smooth bore musket
     
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  16. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I think that's called a rifle to shotgun conversion:p
     
  17. ZA_Survivalist

    ZA_Survivalist Oregon AK's all day.

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    When one cant hit the broadside of a barn is always a good rule of thumb.
     
  18. Reno911

    Reno911 Hillsboro Well-Known Member 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    My G17 gen 2 is on close to 140,000. That's what I calculate putting through it. Not sure what was put through it by the officer that owned it before I purchased it.

    Still shoot a 4" dueling tree plate at 15 yards just fine. Groups 2ish inches at 7 yards.
     
  19. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    When you unintentionally start shooting around corners, consistently.... it might be time to change your barrel. :D


    Arise necro-thread... ARISE!!! :rolleyes:
     
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  20. Cameron72

    Cameron72 Harrington, WA Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    A year ago I purchased a LE turn in Glock 21. My gunsmith told me the barrel looked pretty well shot out but the proof was if the bullet was spinning or tumbling down range. Tumbling was bad.