Shilen .223 barrel amazes

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  1. swadiver

    swadiver Silver $$ Contributor

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    bought a used Shilen 14 twist .223 barrel from this site a few months ago. barrel had about 350 rds through it. the previous owner said it was a shooter and he sure was right. Savage target action, XLR Industries Element chassis, Weaver T-36, SEB Joy Pod

    all these results are 5 shots @ 100yds with 52 Berger Match bullets and either H4895 or LT-32.
     
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    pics from above

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  3. natdscott

    natdscott P100, HM, DR, experienced beginner. Gold $$ Contributor

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    I don't know about the .224 barrels, but I have a .222 barrel that is perty okay.
     

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  4. McGraw

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    Good deal, glad to hear Shilen is staying up with all it’s new competitors.
     
  5. 1911nut

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    I built 3 rifles using Savage target actions with Shilen barrels and I saw groups cut in half compared to a 22-250 Savage factory barrel.

    A 222 I built with a 26” Heavy Bull Shilen shoots way better than I could have imagined for a homemade gun and my first rifle build. Money well spent if you like small groups.

    These are 5 shot groups at 100 yds B2B38947-5169-4222-AFDB-3A063DF1BC40.jpeg 9E73E704-BD99-48D3-88E9-3356FB591522.jpeg
     
  6. Ggmac

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    222 is a .224 barrel
     
  7. swadiver

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    Great shooting! i am going to get a Shilen Savage pre-fit in .222 as well. i am not sure if Shilen chambered my current .223 barrel or if it was done by a smith. is your Shilen a pre-fit from Northland shooting Supply?
     
  8. 1911nut

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    My 222 barrel was ordered from Shilen, it has a .250” neck and is 26” long, 1:14 twist.

    My two 22-250 barrels also were ordered from Shilen. One is a 12” twist , the other is a 8” twist 28” long.

    They were all about 2 months from order to delivery.
     
  9. 1911nut

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    This is a Savage target action with a 28” - 8” twist Shilen ratchet 22-250 in a Mcree single shot chassis that is a consistent 1/4 minute rifle shooting 80 g Berger VLDs at 3150 FPS. Shilen throated for the 80g Bergers.


    I’m constantly amazed that I can screw a rifle like this together and it shoots so well.

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  10. swadiver

    swadiver Silver $$ Contributor

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    thanks. do you have to turn the brass necks for that .250 neck?
     
  11. natdscott

    natdscott P100, HM, DR, experienced beginner. Gold $$ Contributor

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    No, no it's not at all, sir. I was speaking SPECIFICALLY, where you are making assumptions in vernacular...thereby extrapolating my statement to say something about cartridge instead of just bore measurements. ;)

    That target is for 50 yard NRA Smallbore, and it was fired with a Ratchet 4 SM just yesterday.
     
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  12. 1911nut

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    Yes, I do have to turn the necks. The loaded necks are 0.2473” ; fired necks are 0.2495” Lapua brass.
     
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  13. Ggmac

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    I stand corrected ! Sorry for the general assumption, you know what is said about assuming.
    Gary
     
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  14. msinc

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    Buddy this forum is full of people that do just that!!! However, Ggmac is generally not one of them.

    As to the OP and his barrel....best thing I can tell you is DON'T SELL IT!!!
     
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  15. swadiver

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    no indeed
     
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  16. Zero333

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    Shilen barrels are great. One small gripe with their Savage prefits is short freebore. But that's not the end of the world as any gunsmith can fix that. PT&G also sells a hand throater if you fancy extending the freebore on your own.

    Here a few groups from a Shilen 243win 8" twist 26" bull in mdt hs3 chassis, xrs glass shooting 80 gr Berger varmint FB... targets are from COAL testing.

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  17. DirtySteve

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    I love mine as well. This is 6 shots. I threw one bad..
     

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  18. 1911nut

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    Shilen will throat to dummies at no extra cost. I sent them 3 dummies for a 22-250 with 80 g Bergers. I’m able to seat them so the bullet base is above the neck/shoulder and they’re 0.010 - 0.020” off the lands.
     
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  19. 6MMsteve

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    nice shooting Driver man
     
  20. stacy

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    NOTHING LIKE A VERY ACCURATE 222 YOU GOT TO LOVE IT
     

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