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Default Looking for a 25-06 Ultra Hunter barrel NO LONGER LOOKING

I've got an H&R Ultra Varmint bull barrel 22-250 that I got back in the early 90's and I love it, but I can only hunt varmints with it here in Virginia. I love the 25-06 and would like to get an Ultra Hunter barrel because it's heavier than the Handi barrels(I think the heavier barrel would be more accurate), and have it fitted to my receiver. So do any of you guys have a 25-06 Ultra Hunter barrel? Thanks for your help
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AFAIK the 25-06 has only been offered as a 26" standard contour, same contour as all other standard barrels, just a bit longer.

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I just so happen to have a .25-06 barrel I was going to list here tonight. It is an Ultra 26Ē ejector. If youíre interested, please drop me a pm.

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AFAIK the 25-06 has only been offered as a 26" standard contour, same contour as all other standard barrels, just a bit longer.

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The way I understood it back when I bought my Ultra Varmit 22-250 around 1993 or 94 as well as the way the Ultra Hunter barrel looked then and now, and going by the description given on H&R's website, the Ultra Varmit of course has a bull barrel, the Ultra Hunter has a heavy barrel, and the others like the Handi Rifle for example have a "standard sporter contour". As for me personally, I can see quite a difference between the taper of the Ultra Hunter barrel and the Handi Rifle barrel, but it isn't nearly as pronounced as the difference in taper/diameter is between the Ultra Varmit bull barrel and the Ultra Hunter heavy barrel or Handi Rifle barrel. If I'm mistaken, I'd like for someone to correct me, but if I'm not, I'd really appreciate it if someone would take a measurement with a micrometer of the barrels of an Ultra Hunter and a Handi Rifle let me know what the differences are.
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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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Grasshopper this is what I got for muzzle measurements 22" long barrels 223 Rem ultra .7955, 270 Win .6595, 35 Whelen .7515 , 450 Marlin Ultra .7960, 500 S&W .8965, 24" long 22-250 Rem .7575, 243 Win Ultra .7800, 45-70 Govnt SS Ultra .7785, 204 Ruger .7710, 26" long 280 Rem Ultra LTE .6875
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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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This circled excerpt from H&R's site is where I got the nomenclature "sporter contour" from, and when they used the term "heavy barrel" in the description of the Ultra Hunter barrel, I took it as it as an implication it was actually a heavier barrel than what would come on a standard Handi Rifle. I've never had the opportunity to put a mic on either the Handi or the Ultra Hunter to measure their barrels, as I previously stated I've only owned the 22-250 Ultra Varmit with the bull barrel
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H&R is inconsistent in their descriptions, the Ultra Varmints are listed in the specs as bull barrels, but in reality compared to other mfrs, they're not bull barrel contours, but heavier than the standard contour which by other mfrs is a heavy contour.

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http://www.hr1871.com/Firearms/Rifles/hunter.asp.html

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