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January 2nd, 2008

Barrel Throat Erosion — Reality Revealed

So what does a “worn-out” barrel really look like? Tom Myers answered that question when he removed a 6.5-284 barrel and cut it down the middle to reveal throat wear. As you can see, there is a gap of about 5mm before the lands begin and you can see how the lands have thinned at the ends. (Note: even in a new barrel, there would be a section of freebore, so not all the 5mm gap represents wear.) There is actually just about 2mm of lands worn away. Tom notes: “Since I started out, I’ve chased the lands, moving out the seating depth .086″ (2.18 mm). I always seat to touch. My final touch dimension was 2.440″ with a Stoney Point .26 cal collet.”

Except for the 2mm of wear, the rifling otherwise looks decent, suggesting that setting back and rechambering this barrel could extend its useful life. Tom reports: “This was something I just thought I’d share if anyone was interested. I recently had to re-barrel my favorite prone rifle after its scores at 1,000 started to slip. I only ever shot Sierra 142gr MatchKings with VV N165 out of this barrel. It is a Hart and of course is button-rifled. I documented every round through the gun and got 2,300 over 4 years. Since I have the facilities, I used wire EDM (Electro Discharge Machining) to section the shot-out barrel in half. It was in amazingly good shape upon close inspection.”

Tom could have had this barrel set back, but he observed, “Lately I have had to increase powder charge to maintain 2,950 fps muzzle velocity. So to set it back would have only increased that problem. [And] I had a brand new 30″ Krieger all ready to screw on. I figured it was unlikely I’d get another full season on the old barrel, so I took it off.”

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January 2nd, 2008

'Dream Job' Available with Remington

Are you a long-gun expert, a wiz at Excel spreadsheets, who likes to travel? Here’s an employment opening that could be a “dream job” for a knowledgeable shooter with an MBA or marketing background. Remington Arms is now hiring for the position of Brand Manager of Premium and Custom Firearms. The Brand Manager is tasked with growing sales of Remington’s line of Custom/Premium firearms and associated brands (e.g. Parker Gun). The Brand Manager works closely with Remington’s Sales Division, as well as Manufacturing (Custom Shop), Planning, Research & Development, Customer Service, and Marketing Communications.

Remington lists the general job qualifications as follows: Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years product marketing/brand management experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. MBA preferred. Familiarity with premium shooting sports products also preferred. Must be able to understand financial reporting and prepare and explain financial analysis. Must have extensive knowledge of firearms market and have solid understanding of technical concepts as they relate to product design. Must be able to attend and provide presentations at trade shows. Available to travel 40-50% domestic travel and international travel as needed. Proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets and presentation software and SAP experience preferred.

Interested candidates should send their resume to

Who knows — this could be your chance to significantly influence the future of the firearms industry. Want to see Remington release a line of premium target or varmint rifles? Well, as Brand Manager, you might well be able to steer Remington in that direction.

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