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Actually, the reason new companies are using 'new machinery', building their own, is because they can't get a hold of a decent Pratt and Whitney 1/2 B, either due to lack of availability or price..No CNC technology is going to produce a 'better' barrel than a well maintained P&W, and those presently producing barrels with well maintaned P&W's will definitely not be pushed out of the scene
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I'm not an engineer or a machinist but this echoes my thoughts exactly.
Great post and thanks for the insight. You are correct, I'm not a machinist and I’m not versed in the different types of machinery…but I did stay at a Holiday Inn last night. I’m an EE and I really did stay at a Holiday Inn last night.
I had no idea what the capabilities of old equipment had compared to the new CNC equipment. I do know that the new CNC machining equipment have made tremendous advances in a lot of the everyday products we use. There are bolt actions being designed and built with incredible tolerances that wouldn’t be possible with traditional machining equipment. So it would be logical to think sooner or later new process and barrel designs we begin to come forward from some new and creative minds that will think outside the norm.
Thanks for the post, most informative.
Distance is not an issue, but the wind will make it interesting!
Just got off the horn with Bartlein barrels. Very nice folk over there! Intelligent, well spoken, easy to talk to, and they know their machines!
Seems the CNC machines they are running are quite versatile. I broached (forgive the pun) the subject of hoping someday to see a cut polygon rifling.
Undaunted in the least, the gentleman I was speaking to seemed to think this would be immenently do-able. He said the charge would likely be in the $75 dollar - ish range (he was hesitant to be seen as "quoting" a price before he had the specs, a reasonable caution these days)for the custom tooling, but aside from that, the idea didn't phase him in the least.
K&P used a CNC rifling machines several years ago and I would guess still are. The maintenance should be a lot less expensive and time consuming on a new machine than a wore out P&W. CNC could at least have replacement parts readily available. I think Badger barrels are also all CNC and cut rifled....sorta, they are broached.