Vibration dampener

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  1. Rainy

    Rainy Member

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    Hello all

    I’ve been building up my hunting rifle and have been told by multiple people that adding a vibration dampener to my barrel I would increase accuracy. Just wondering what everyone’s opinion is here? Myth or fact??? Anyone who does believe in them have a link to where they purchased theirs? Thanks!
     
  2. elf

    elf Well-Known Member

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    Changing barrel harmonics can be a plus or negative; never know until you try it. A better method would be with a barrel tuner. With adjustable settings, you can usually find one that will shoot best with your load.
     
  3. owlman

    owlman Well-Known Member

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    Limbsaver still makes one I think. Just a rubber doughnut that slips on your rifle barrel you can move back and forth to change barrel harmonics. There are machined barrel tuners you can buy for about $150. You have to provide them with the diameter of your barrel so they fit right. These are the same idea as the BOSS system that Browning used at one time. The idea for all of these is that you tune your barrel to some preferred ammo instead of tuning your ammo to your gun whether it be hand loading or trying different ammo brands and bullet weights.
     
  4. BCinKS

    BCinKS Well-Known Member

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    I used a Limbsaver one on a shorter barreled 25/06 and it improved it quite a bit.
     
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  5. tbrice23

    tbrice23 Well-Known Member

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    I tune my barrels by reloading.
     
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  6. owlman

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    Reloading is my preferred method too. I had a Browning with a BOSS one time and it worked but not near as good as working up loads did.
     
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  7. Rainy

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    I do my own reloading. Just wondering if adding the dampener would bring groups in tighter is all. Thank you all for your replies
     
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  8. ar10ar15man

    ar10ar15man Well-Known Member

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    in reality you should e do BOTH.
    LOAD DEVELOPMENT AND TUNE the bbl
    the problem is that the temp and pressure of the say you develop
    your load is seldom the same the next day, or hunt day or match day.
    this is where a tuner can save the day, tine for todays conditions
     
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  9. del2les

    del2les Well-Known Member

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    I think they are more of a gimmick, and while some people do achieve decent results on the day they apply and tune them, later, the results always seemed to change. As a part of the group of shooters who constantly strove for ultimate precision and tiny groups, I cannot remember seeing anyone using them on their BR, varmint, PRS, F-class etc rifles. YMMV
     
  10. Axl

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    How are you going to "tine" for today's conditions on a "hunt day"??
    You are pretty much hunting on a hunt day and your gun better be "tined"!
    Completely unnecessary device on a hunting gun.
     
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  11. ar10ar15man

    ar10ar15man Well-Known Member

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    very common in br where legal.
    i think in 22 rf br also
    again it is a tune to the conditions device, not a set and leave alone part.
    prs is NOT SMALL GROUPS.

     
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  12. ar10ar15man

    ar10ar15man Well-Known Member

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    MAYBE, ( i do not hunt) but do you ever check your zero while in the field ?
    if off..tune pretty simple. but in real life it you are on a hunt and the conditions are diff than load development day you are in the same place.
     
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  13. haftime

    haftime New Member

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    I have a .270 featherweight that improved dramatically with the Limbsaver placed near the stock. Brought a sentimental gun (first rifle) to consistently under 1 inch.
     
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  14. Rich Coyle

    Rich Coyle Well-Known Member

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    I tried them on a few rifles. All improved. Some significantly. Don't remember them not working later any more than a load changes from day to day. They work if your barrel is light up to medium light. Just move it 1/16" to 1/8" at a time. If it does not get two close together move it.
     
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