Things I'm reading here about LW barrels make me at least wonder. It sounds quite strange to me when a (credited) smith is negatively positioned towards brilliant steel quality. Just because he has problems working with it properly.
Normally it should be the other way round, shouldn't it? Here in Norway custom gunmakers use mostly two types of barrels and one is for sure LW because of its outstanding quality for reasonable prices. Don't forget, every year a couple of shooting contests are won by shooters using LW bbl', that much has to be said due to credibility!