Re: Carbon Barrels
I have extensive experience with carbon fiber barrels as the inventor of the Magnummlite carbon fiber barrel as marketed by Magnum Research, and holder of the 3 patents relative to the construction of this barrel system. The reason I referred you to Bob Culbertson is that I feel information coming from a non partial source is most helpful. Bob has stocked more carbon barreled guns than anyone I know of and he will give you his opinions on the performance of the barrels. If you would like to send me an email, I will give you my phone number and I can give you information as to the performance of the Magnumlite carbon fiber barrel which is phenominal. My newest .338 Lapua development rifle has only 71 rounds through it to date. Best 300 yard group with the 300 grain Match King is .593". My 6.5-284 has shot groups in the .3's at 300 regularly. The first carbon fiber barrel I built was featured in the November 1999 issue of Precision Shooting magazine in an article which discussed the performance and the potential of this barrel design. That particular rifle in a standard 25/06 SAAMI chamber would shoot in the 0's at 100 yards, .2 at 200, and would consistently shoot in the .6's at 300. Another of my personal rifles, a 7mm STW Rogue, will shoot .2 at 300 and at 700 yards has shot groups of 1.5". Further information is available in the April issue of Guns and Ammo in an article by Wayne van Zwoll. Wayne has seen the targets of several of these guns and can verify their performance. He also shot the smallest group of his life with my .223 Magnumlite barreled rifle, a group of about .25". This gun has also produced groups of .159" at 100, and will consistently shoot about .75" at 300. I will look forward to hearing from you and providing any information you may need.