Originally Posted by darrindlh
what is your opinion of the abs carbon wraps for barrels. Can I send in my barrel so they can wrap it? Is it worth it? How much does it cost? Any opinions would be appreciated. Thank you so much
I am like Winmag on this one. "WHY"
I have looked into this process and see absolutely no benefit as far as accuracy.
Turning a barrel down and wrapping it with carbon fiber can only reduce the weight with a
large contour and by going to a smaller contour you can do the same thing without risking
the precision of a barrel.
The most accurate barrel is a perfictly true contour or strait cylinder that is dimensionally
identical in thickness at any point from the bore. Any thing that you do to the outside of
a barrel risk changing these dimensions and the uniform stiffness of a homogeneous barrel
At one time fluting a barrel effected accuracy greatly because of poor machining practice,
but now it is not as much of a risk because of the better equiptment and quality control.
But I still have to reject a few barrels that have been fluted poorly and have excessive
run out center to center.
Some of these barrels have a reputation for shooting well. But the risk of getting a stinker
are greater if anything is done to the barrel so the risk are just not worth the cost and
looks just to have something different.
In my opinion when it comes to accuracy of a barrel "Less is more".
If you notice . Most of the barrels with this treatment are small bores where recoil velocities
are mild and barrel harmonics are minimal. This makes uniformity's less important than in
hard kicking rifles. On the larger bore rifles heat is a problem because it acts like an insulator
and feels cool on the outside but can be over heated on the inside to the point of ruining a
good barrel from overheating the bore.
This is just my opinion and by no means should it prevent you from buying one if you
want one . It is just my opinion and belief If I were ask to build a rifle with 1/4 MOA
capabilities I would not use a wrapped barrel or one that had a "Special" treatment just
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