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Need help with barrel contour

Need help with barrel contour
« on: January 01, 2018, 01:31:53 PM »
Does anyone actually know what barrel contour number weatherby used for the 6-lug mark V ultralight in 338-06?

It's not the same as on most non-magnum ultralights - it's bigger than my old 280 was. So I assume it's what bell and Carlson call the #2?

I emailed weatherby but the girl who contacted me didn't seem very sure of herself. First she said #1, then started to doubt it when I said the 338-06 had a larger barrel contour than the others.

I'm in Canada so if I jump through the hoops of importing a stock, I want to be sure I get the right one.

Any help is appreciated. 

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Re: Need help with barrel contour
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2018, 03:45:51 PM »
Just a idea if Weatherby doesn't get back with you
Go to one of the custom barrel makers sites and see what their measurements are on a #1 and #2 contour barrels, and than measure yours
Even if the measurements are not a match it should tell you which one it is
Mike

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Re: Need help with barrel contour
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2018, 04:00:15 PM »
According to the Weatherby web site, the 240 Wby, and all the non-magnum calibers have a #1 contour barrel.  I'd would call them back, and ask to speak to their gunsmith shop, and I'm sure with the serial number they'll be able to tell you what size barrel you have.

Re: Need help with barrel contour
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2018, 05:41:51 PM »
According to the Weatherby web site, the 240 Wby, and all the non-magnum calibers have a #1 contour barrel.  I'd would call them back, and ask to speak to their gunsmith shop, and I'm sure with the serial number they'll be able to tell you what size barrel you have.

See that's a common misconception. When I had my original 338-06 and 280 side by side the 338-06 had a noticeably heavier barrel profile.

I hadnt thought of asking to speak to the custom shop.... perhaps they have the answers I seek. Thanks

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Re: Need help with barrel contour
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2018, 09:21:12 PM »
Was your previous 338-06 an ULW?
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Re: Need help with barrel contour
« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2018, 08:26:21 AM »
Was your previous 338-06 an ULW?

Yes, all three rifles were ultralights. Even the original advertisements stated the standard 6-lug ultralights were 5 3/4lbs, the 338-06 was just over 6lbs, and the magnums (9-lugs) were 6 3/4lbs.

I assume it's a #2, but I'm worried it was some non-standard contour just for the one chambering. Either way I will get it figured out and post my findings one way or another.

Re: Need help with barrel contour
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2018, 11:22:54 AM »
Weatherby’s reply:

Thank you for contacting Weatherby.  Your barrel is the ultralight barrel from Weatherby.  So it is a #1 Modified.

Re: Need help with barrel contour
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2018, 02:03:01 PM »
Dos not sound right, that skinny #1 modified would look like a shotgun tube if it was bored to .338.
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Re: Need help with barrel contour
« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2018, 10:56:09 AM »
most of the 06 based models used a #1 fluted.

I'm not certain on the 338-06,

the magnum models had a #2 fluted I believe

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Re: Need help with barrel contour
« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2018, 11:00:13 AM »
Take a measurement of the diameter at the muzzle and at the shank before the chamber area necks down. Might help identify the contour.
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