Re: Carbon Fiber Wrapped Barrels
I have a saying. I will try anything once.
Recently I tried an ABS barrel. I am still forming an opinion about it. I will say that so far it has shown alot of promise. My rifle was 16# and it is now between 12-13# with the same contour and similar length. I shot my best 300 yard group with it today. Using 200 ACCUBONDS shot a 1.187" 3 shot group. It has shot several sub .5 MOA groups at 300 yards. and a butt load just over .5 MOA in the .60 to .65 range. It seems as if heat moves to the surface fairly quickly. I dont think these trap heat as bad as the Christinsen barrels do. Christensen barrels are made to be light and nothing else. They are more of a novelty if you ask me. A neat concept more or less. Plus Shillen barrels (IMHO) suck. At least the ones available to you and me.
ABS barrels may be a better product than the competition but trying to get one inside 1-2 years is difficult at best and cost a small fortune. I am not sure they are the answer either. I know Mike D. told me he thought an ABS barrel in 300 RUM should last about 3000 rounds. I know a guy with 1000 rounds and is definatly showing signs of wearing out.
I think we will be seeing some cool new barrel designs within the next 10 years.
Long range shooting is a process that ends with a result. Once you start to focus on the result (how bad your last shot was, how big the group is going to be, what your buck will score, what your match score is, what place you are in...) then you loose the capacity to focus on the process.