Looking into a new rifle for my son, maybe wife also,
that is easy on the shoulder, excels on Deer and Predators (Fox, Coyote, or Wolf),
and lots of "General Shooting for Experience"
the Venerable .243 seems to stand out and is recommended by so many,
then, I run into this statement, http://www.6mmbr.com/243Win.html
"Barrel life is the downside of both the .243 AI and standard .243. These chamberings pump a lot of powder through a small bore. The result, typically, is rather short barrel life, sometimes less than 1500 rounds. A few folks have been experimenting with the use of very slow, cooler-burning powders. There is some evidence that the use of super-slow powders, combined with modified cleaning regimens, can result in significantly enhanced barrel life."
Now, as I am a thoroughly addicted Handloader, I am more than kinda interested in doing a lot of range work with this new rifle myself, so this is not good news to me,
Is this true by your experiences with your .243's ?
Have you seen the "Enhanced Barrel Life" as a result of loading "cool and slow" ?
any comments and discussion on my excitement over the .243 ?
Do you consider it, "not a problem," slap on a new barrel and keep havin' fun ?
Also to consider, "How does it compare to the 25-06, or .223 ?" as to Barrel life,
(those are the two the others I am pondering)