Originally Posted by geargrinder
How did they shoot?
I know Savage barrels are button rifled. Pictures look like button chatter.
Aren't Tikka's hammer forged?
I'm not trying to start an argument, but I've shot plenty of Savage garbage barrels with very good luck.
Proof is in the gut pile.
a hammer forged barrel is a cheap way to spit out barrels. They have advantages, and their own share of disadvantages as well. That Tika barrel doesn't look like the .270 Winchester barrel that I shot awhile back. It looked more like a really good Remington barrel to me. But the real test is to pull five rifles of each brand off the shelf and scope them. One on one is not a serious compareison
Some of the best looking barrels I've ever seen didn't perform worth a damn, and some of the worst looking barrels shot bug holes. Tony Boyer and Bill Calfee both have made similar quotes over the years, as well.
I have seen some hammer forged barrels shoot very well in the past, but they changed all over the place as they heated up. Most shot OK, but nothing to rave about. On the other hand I've seen cut barrels shoot lights out, and I've seen others that shot like a factory tube.