Join Date: May 2004
Location: SW Washington State
The 25-06 and 280 Rem have always had 26" standard contour barrels, same contour as 22" barrels, all measuring around .650" at the muzzle, bull barrels on Ultra Varmints have been ~.800" at the muzzle, Superlights can be as small at ~.600", but are more often ~.650, similar to the standard 22" standard contour barrels, but contour starts much slimmer near the chamber swell. There is no "sporter" contour in H&R/NEF nomenclature. Standard contour barrels are considered a heavy contour by most, Ultra Hunters had standard contour barrels with a couple exceptions on 24" fluted barrels. Having owned over 70 barrels I've had a fairly good sampling for comparison. The biggest difference I've noted over pre-Marlin Ultras is the finish was much more refined than later Ultras and Handis when there wasn't much difference between them, I think they spent more time finishing the metal then.
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