Is there a downside to 5R rifling? Absolutely NONE that I'm aware of. I'm a huge fan of it.Hey all. I'm thinking of ordering a Bartlein barrel that is offered with the 5R rifling. Any down side to the 5R? To finish at 25 or 26" in 30/06 to launch 168 to 180gr bullets. Thanks!
5R rifling also has offset lands and grooves, therefore it does NOT create a pinch-point in the bullet's jacket like even-numbered rifling does.I have researched the $#^+ out of the 5R style rifling in my quest for what barrel to get. There are no downsides to 5R rifling. But not much upside either. It is supposed to be easier to clean the copper out of the corner of the lands and there is a theoretical advantage to better gas seal. But nothing concretely proven. But hey, every little bit helps.