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Old February 20th, 2019, 07:21 PM   #1
 
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No. 3 re-barrel

New here but enjoying the knowledge shared. I have picked up a No. 3 action and am looking to get a barrel installed. Flexible but currently thinking .243 since I already load that round. Paper puncher and some prairie dog hunting. What contour would you suggest? Thanks.


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Old February 21st, 2019, 02:00 PM   #2
 
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Welcome from California's High Desert and to the forum. Answerers will be found here.
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Old February 22nd, 2019, 07:37 AM   #3
 
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tBob, Confirming you just got the action less the barrel, .243 would be a great accurate barrel, as I've got the No.3 in 30-40Krag and it is a very accurate carbine, as well as the No.1 RSI in .243 and it is definitely a MOA at 100 yards on out to 200 yards with reloads it likes. However the Ruger barrels are very finicky in the reloads as well as factory loads that it likes.

I've found that IMR4350 powder and 100grn BTSP, using a Remington LR primer, is the best way to start your reloaded cartridges. The only bad thing is that to get a properly charged cartridge is to use a powder trickler, as IMR4350 is very difficult to measure in a quality powder drop such as RCBS Uni-flow. Incidentally I use the 100 grain projectile as I plan on using it up in Wyoming on Pronghorn.
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My gunsmith is working on installing a #5 contour Shilen barrel. 26”. Can’t wait to get it back!


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Old January 8th, 2020, 06:30 PM   #5
 
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Did a complete custom rifle on a #3 action and now it's my favorite rifle.

I used a Palma profile barrel, which gave me a long cylindrical section in front of the action. Although it does add some weight, it does two good things.

1) It provides a nice long straight platform for the scope base
2) It provides a large heat sink forward of the chamber, so it takes a long time for the barrel to get hot forward of the chamber, helping to keep the throat from eroding.

Only the cylindrical section is bedded. It's free floating from there forward.

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Ever get your #3 back, tbob?
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Not sure how to do pics. Rifle turned out great, ended up with a 24” tube. Bought a 90% stock and finished it out.


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That's great! Which stock did you go with? My #3 needs new wood and barrel, and my #1 is likely getting a new barrel.
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Stock is English walnut from Macon Gunstocks in Warsaw MO. Great people to deal with.


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Not sure how to do pics. Rifle turned out great, ended up with a 24” tube. Bought a 90% stock and finished it out.
That looks GREAT! Hope it's a shooter like mine. I got a buttstock from Boyd's , but had to send a block of walnut to the gunsmith for the forend. I had the gunsmith install a classic steel grip cap and shotgun style buttplate, and European style sling swivel bases that don't come unscrewed.

Ruger missed the boat completely on the #3 in my opinion.

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