Barrel contours

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by canderson, Mar 11, 2009.

  1. canderson

    canderson Well-Known Member

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    I have noticed that the local gunsmith seems to use only straight tapered barrels. Is a straight tapered barrel more accurate than a contoured one? I can see where fluting would be easier on a straight taper. It have not done to research, but it looks like the straight taper is a heavier barrel. Any thoughts or comments are welcome. Just curious.

    Thanks,
    Chris
     
  2. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    As far as more accurate I would say no but they do tend to weigh more. I just like the way they look with and with out flutes.
     

  3. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    Straight tapered barrels tend to be more rigid than contoured barrels.

    The main advantage to contoured barrels is that you can get them in a sporter weight
    stock without removing to much stock.Also they allow the use of lower scope mounts
    because of objective scope bell clearance.

    J E CUSTOM
     
  4. JK

    JK Active Member

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    I just went with a Shilen 28" #8 "Heavy Bull Barrel" barrel .Welcome to Shilen Rifles, Inc. This is for a F-class TR .308 build. I wanted the weight for that reason. My smith builds Featherweight
    rifles in 300wsm, muzzle brake...... I mean Featherweight. For what is worth.