Originally Posted by shortgrass
They look to be pretty close to the same principal. The Shilen Ratchet Rifled are 4 groove and the Broughton 5C canted is 5 groove. Anyone out there have any personal feedback on either one?
I bought one of the Shilen "Stainless Steel Select/Match barrels" with the Ratchet rifling one & a half years ago. To date I've put 700 rounds thru it from a bench. I've shot enough 3 shot to 5 shot groups (maybe 20 groups) under .25 inches to know this barrel is more capable than I am. It's chambered for the 22-250 with a .250 inch tight necked chamber with a 1-8" twist.
Just to clarify myself, I shoot only bench rest, but I don't consider myself a bench rest shooter. My age & physical condition precludes me from hunting.
I only bought this barrel only to see if my mediocre groups from my factory barrel was all my own bad shooting or not. I was seriously considering selling all of my reloading & shooting gear before I decided to try this barrel. I don't want to tell anyone how bad I was shooting before fit this Shilen barrel to my Savage LRPV left load right eject action mounted in a Savage BR laminated stock.
My average groups are approx. 1/3 the size of of what I was getting from the stock savage barrel.
I believe this barrel is capable of consistent 1/4" - 3/8" groups, but not from me. At least not yet.
I can attest, this barrel is much easier to get clean than my previous barrel.
I love the tight necked chamber also. I use a neck sizing die from Forster with interchangeable bushings. With neck turned cases with a .012" wall thickness, a .246" bushing works the neck very little.
I'm sure other barrel that use a similar type of rifling will likely give similar results.
This new barrel has given me the confidence to spend more money on a Sinclair adjustable front rest & an Edgewood Rear bag. I hope these two items will improve my consistency.