what is a palma contuor?

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by huntinfool18, Jun 2, 2007.

  1. huntinfool18

    huntinfool18 Well-Known Member

    Aug 2, 2006
    what is different from other contuors? is it turned down at the muzzle for a sight band? /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif
  2. James Jones

    James Jones Well-Known Member

    Jul 1, 2002
    Palma contures are generaly 30" long have a 3-5" strait shank then tape quickly to about .900" then the rest of the taper is very slight to about .850". At first glance they look almost like their is no taper.

    I'm not sure what the reasoning behind this profile is but I think it has somthing to do with being able to have a 30" thats still stiff and will balance well since palma guns are shot off hand

  3. Guy M

    Guy M Well-Known Member

    Jun 4, 2007
    Palma is a long-range prone game played at 800, 900 and 1000 yards with .308's, restricted to sights and bullets of 155 grains or less. The Palma taper barrels are required to get the 30" lengths needed, and still be light enough to conform with both rule restrictions, and the ability of most shooters to support the rifle during strings of slow fire.

    I use a 30" Krieger on my Model 70 Palma rifle for both prone and across-the-course competition. It's a long darned thing, but easily handled at the range. Balance is very good for a rifle shot primarily from prone.

    The muzzle can be turned down for a sight band, and mine is.

    Regards, Guy