I've had a real itch to buy a predator rifle lately. Actually have fondled a few in the local gun stores but other than the caliber I sure haven't made up my mind about the brand. Other than enjoying shooting them, a real gun aficionado I'm not. I'll be the first to say I do not know all the technical "in's and out's" of a firearm. I know some but not all.
So I've been reading a bit about the 22-250. What I've noticed that's been said more than a few times now, is that because of the nature of this fast round, burning out even a relatively new barrel is a distinct possibility. So, with that in mind should a guy even consider used if he were to come across even a very high quality brand rifle? Other than shooting one, and condition of the overall firearm, other than the obvious, is there any way to tell the condition of the rifling in a used gun just by sight when looking at one in the store?
Also, I've read that you want a pretty fast rate of twist in this caliber to utilize it's capability. For instance, (not that I'm a long range shooter) but some are saying 1:14 is way to slow for reliable "extra" long range shooting of the 22-250....(I believe I read somewhere that Browning made their "Eclipse" in 22-250 and it had a 1:14 twist). I would imagine some of you guys can get an idea just by looking close at the rifling at what the rate of twist is, but I've never tried to do this. Any hints, or do I just find the rifle and look it up on the internet first?
With the low prices on some of these relatively good budget guns nowadays, I just have to wonder if a guy should even take the chance on a used firearm in this caliber? But here again, I sure wouldn't mind owning a fine used rifle, (never owned a Winchester yet), if I knew it was in good shape.
Thanks in advance for your tutelage....