Re: The Over-Rated Crown
All the test show that the crown may not be that important but instinct tells me otherwise.
I am a big believer in testing a theory and coming up with a solution and the velocity and Standard deviation part of the results I can also believe doesn't change much. But the accuracy part, especially at long distance would be the one I would have trouble with.
I trained under a master Gunsmith and an accomplished Bench Rest Shooter, That many times crowned his new rifle over and over until it shot like he wanted it to.
His philosophy was that the crown was the last thing the bullet saw that he had control over and like everything else It was very important.
I have repaired/accurized many rifles by simply crowning them and don't now what it takes to make a bad crown, Just a good one.
All the things we talk about have different importance to different people based on there experiences
and are subject to debate .
I would like to see the same test performed a 1000+ yards. I think that would change the results, If not I probably would not change my mind anyway just because of the way a bad crown looks.
Others can and do get by with a lot less than some, But others will keep on being anal about everything
and that's OK to If it makes them happy and gives them confidence
As to the type of crown ? There are many different opinions on this also (Surprises) I prefer the single point crown cut on a Lathe. there are good crowning tools for doing one without dissembling the rifle,
but I prefer the lathe cut crown when possible.
I also like the 11o crown. Not because it is any more accurate but because it makes the crown edge
more durable .The 11o crown edge has a 101o angle instead of 90o (Like the difference in a knife blade sharpened at 25o or 18o the 25o will hold up to abuse better.
Thanks for the post. It has been enlightening And again, This is just my opinion.
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