Originally Posted By TeuffelHunden1775:
Originally Posted By Hoplophile:
In terms of accuracy, an ordinary barrel with an HBAR profile is like a ricer Honda with all the fins and spoilers but with a completely stock engine and drivetrain. Sure the fins and spoilers will work if it gets going fast enough, but the odds of it ever going that fast without the proper internals are very slim.
Say again? Am I to gather that you are saying a heavy profile barrel has nothing to do with accuracy? I've read this many times on here and I just want to get it straight.
Go back and read what I said. The profile can have an impact on accuracy. If you take two otherwise identical barrels and leave one with a heavy profile and turn the other to a lightweight profile then you'll probably get better accuracy from the heavier barrel. Notice I said you'd -probably- get better accuracy. That's because the advantage is theoretical and assumes that everything else about the barrels is completely identical which is very unlikely. Especially if you're comparing common, non-match barrels.
If barrel A had a fresh rifling button and chamber reamer and compare it to barrel B that was made by the same worker but was made when those parts were getting worn and needed to be replaced and you'll find a much greater impact on accuracy than any decisions about profile. Now if you take barrel A that was made with fresh cutters it'll be more accurate if you leave it heavy than if you turn it down to a lighter profile. But when you're ordering a barrel you have no way of knowing whether you're going to get barrel A or barrel B. The heavier barrel MIGHT be more accurate, but it WILL be heavier to carry around and slower to maneuver.
If you're building a target rifle that will normally be fired from a rest with good quality ammo, then go for the super extra heavy profile and enjoy. I've got one of those myself and it's fun to shoot. But if you're building a rifle that will be used for plinking with cheap ammo, then get the lighter profile and make up the weight savings with an extra pound or two of ammo so you can shoot a little more.