Hunting rifle goes Ka-Boom after 50 000+ rounds

During a discussion about “when’s the right time to change my barrel” on a rifle these pictures surfaced, along with some wisdom of dos and don’ts.

The rifle pictured is a Winchester M70 in .308 Winchester. Now don’t be alarmed if you have this rifle.

Most likely this rifle has seen somewhere in between of 50 000 and 80 000 bangs without any serious issues like this, and anything has its limits of wear and tear.

I understand the rifle was used by a Shooting & Hunting club as a loaner, and changing the barrel was probably never a subject brought up as the maximum distance it shot was most likely in the region of 80 meters (87 yards).

There’s probably no reason to challenge the accuracy at that distance, especially as it was used at moving targets as well (shooter’s test to get a hunter’s permit, elk/moose hunting).

Similar ka-booms have happened with two CG2000 (Carl Gustaf 2000) that had over 30 000 rounds.

The Word of Wisdom is not to shoot over 15 000 rounds in your “Class 1 caliber” (major) hunting rifle.

Below: By the looks of it the cartridge is fine and not to blame


Originally posted on The Firearm Blog