Originally Posted by tobnpr
For some reason these days, short actions are preferred. Can't quite figure it out, but the market seems to prefer wildcat short magnums despite the decreased barrel life, over a long action.
I would guess its because a good many rifle owners don't even know there is such a thing as barrel life and, those who do, very often realize that even rifles chambered in "barrel burning" cartridges will typically outlast several generations of their kin.
Plus, many times when a barrel is "shot out", we're talking about bench rest ideals. Some people buy "shot out" barrels and are more than happy with them, not needing 1/4 MOA accuracy.
I've personally never worn out a barrel, doubt I ever will, and I totally disregard "barrel life" as an issue.