I've been quite fascinated by the article in the latest 'The Accurate Rifle' magazine on the .338 Edge Hard Target Interdiction Rifle, or HTIR. Seems like it'd be right up the alley for some of the long range hunting scenarios.
Part of what really has my wheels spinning is the radial fluting on the barrel from Wes Harris, w/ the integral muzzle brake
Anyone here have any experience w/ these radial fluting jobs, or w/ Wes Harris Gunworks? To quote from the article:
Wes makes radial (circumferential) cuts on the exterior of the barrel about 1/8" apart. You are left w/ a barrrel that is one diameter at every 1/8th inch and another at ever other 1/8th inch. Wes uses this method for faster barrel heat dissipation. Wes calls them "Insta-Kool" and claims a 10 fold increase in heat dissipation. He also states that the radial flutes break up harmonics so that accuracy is enhanced."
They go on to talk about the lands appearing wider than normal, and it turns out "the rifling is polygonal... there are no grooves. Better seal of the bullet, no distortion, therefore better accuracy results. We do this type of rifling in 7mm, .308, and .338 only."
You guys are the long range experts, what's your take on this?
[ 09-28-2002: Message edited by: milanuk ]