Round And Octagon Rifle Barrels
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Round And Octagon Rifle Barrels

Round And Octagon Rifle Barrels




      

Round And Octagon Rifle Barrels




Another feature of rifle building that is rapidly being eliminated is the octagon and half-octagon barrel. Shooters are coming to regard the round style as possessing more accuracy and convenience for use upon the target or hunting weapon. First, they cost less and are neater in appearance. Second, as they are turned out by machinery they have a better distribution of metal about the bore than the others, which are generally drawn by hand, and when used on rifles of considerable power there is less "whip" at the moment of explosion, all of which makes for better accuracy, although of not a sufficient degree to warrant the serious attention of the average shooter. The most noticeable disadvantages of the many sided barrel are the sharp corners that dent easily and soon wear bright, causing difficulty in aiming on bright days and the liability of water collecting upon the top plane, which interferes further in glancing along the sights. The long, heavy, octagon barrels used years ago upon the heavy caliber black powder rifles were of wonderful accuracy and this type is still popular for match shooting to-day; but for general hunting, especially with the quick smokeless loads, the round tapered barrel of short or medium length will be found to be most practical.

Fur, News. Fur News, January 1916.

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