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From: (Bart Bobbit)
Newsgroups: rec.guns
Subject: Re: Match Reamer Questions
Date: 16 Dec 1994 11:20:00 -0500

Chris Luchini ( wrote:

: 1) I'll be neck turning cases. So the questions becomes, what
: should the neck dimension be? 

I don't recommend tight-necked .308 chambers.  A lot of the top
highpower folks have tried them and the just don't produce the
accuracy needed.  A chamber neck diameter of .344-in. is fine
for regular cases.  If you plan to use only Rem. BR cases, then
a chamber neck diameter of .340-in. will work.

You won't need to turn the case necks as long as the neck wall
thickness doesn't vary more than 1 to 2 thousandths of an inch.
Accuracy improvements are difficult to realize with turned necks
unless the rifle is already in the 1/3rd MOA range at 100 yards.

: The Federal Match and the Lapua
: Match ammo I have measures .3775+-0.0005. Would a .3780 neck,

I think you've got a number out of place.  The Federal ammo I've
measured has about a .338-in. diameter on loaded round necks.

: Will the (potential) mis allignment caused by the seperate
: body and throating reamer cause real problems? 

The most accurate .308s have their chambers and throats cut with
the same reamer.  Throating reamers typically just don't align
as well.

: 3) Should I just punt, and have a "name" gunsmith cut
: the chambers for me? 

That depends on your skills, knowledge and tools available.

If you want a top-notch reamer, get one from either JGS or
Henricksen that has floating pilots.  Be sure to get extra
bore pilots of different diameters so you'll be able to
put one on the reamer that matches your barrel's bore
diameter, otherwise the reamer won't cut dead center in the


From: Gale McMillan <>
Newsgroups: rec.guns
Subject: Re: Good barrels for Rem 700 in .308?
Date: 4 Feb 1996 21:51:59 -0500

Bartbob wrote:
# Yes, you can get a M700 with a custom barrel for under $1000.
# You may have to buy the complete rifle, then have a 'smith rebarrel it.
# The best barrels made in the USA (Hart, Krieger, Obermeyer, Medesha,
# Schneider, Shilen, Chanlynn) all cost about $200 to $250 as a rifled
# blank.  It'll cost from $125 to $175 to have one fit to your M700,
# depending
# on who does it and exactly what you want done.
# I suggest you find a 'smith that uses either JGS or Henricksen chamber
# reamers as these makes are the best going for top-quality work.

This is embarrasing, I have to agree with something Bartbob 
says. Choose your smithe by the reamers he uses. If you want the very 
best job you can get, send your rifle to either of the Harts, Sinclair, 
or McBros. All will stand behind their work. Any of these do more barrel 
jobs in a week than the average smithe does in a year. If you want to 
buy the barrel makers barrel with the most records either Hart or 
Schneider will have to be your choice.

Gale McMillan

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