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Thread: Bent 308 barrel - what would you rechamber to?

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    Bent 308 barrel - what would you rechamber to?

    Greetings all, I had a horiffic fall recently and after re-sighting my rifle (308 85 Finnlight) I have 6 clicks of right windage left.... after getting the rifle checked out by Hardy Rifle Engineering, it turns out my near broken knee is the least of my problems: the barrel has a banana in it now.
    My question: can this be resolved through any heat treatment etc or is a re-barrel required? Note - the rifle still shoots fine (albeit there is F* All windage left and there is a touch on the stock on one side of the barrel).
    If a re-barrel is required, what cal would you recommend?(I have another 308 in the safe...)

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    You could get your barrel straightened or rebarrel and rechamber to almost any caliber that will work thru your action.

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    Fall on it the other way

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    A sneaky 'round corners' rifle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by P38 View Post
    You could get your barrel straightened or rebarrel and rechamber to almost any caliber that will work thru your action.

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    Is there an issue with getting it "re-tempered?"(not sure if this is the right term...) would happily go with this option as a new barrel is more than the cost of a cheap bush-bashing or river paddle rifle....

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    Quote Originally Posted by DPT View Post
    Fall on it the other way
    No way dude - really hurt the first time....

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    I'd keep an eye out for a factory take off barrel and continue using it in the mean time

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    .260 - Trouble is you will have no use for your 308 then

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    Send it to Robbie at Gunworks, he does an excellent job of straightening barrels, it takes about 8 weeks as it is a slow process and does not involve re tempering
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    A lot of barrels come bend out of the hammer forging machine and are straighten at the factory. Google barrel straightener and you ll see what it looks like.
    It could be straighten back with a press and a dial indicator.it might not be perfect but at least closer to the center of the barrel channel than it is now.
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    You're gonna want to match your bullets to your barrel if you want to keep shooting it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Feral View Post
    You're gonna want to match your bullets to your barrel if you want to keep shooting it.
    Some one had a picture of a bent decapping pin on here just recently also. You're all sorted.
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    My Sako 308 had a bent barrel so I cut it into 3 bits then gave it to Kiwi Greg and said fix this.

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