In this Episode, Fred Zeglin the host of Gunsmithing Radio talks about accuracy in barrels. What makes a barrel accurate and what can cause accuracy problems. There are darn few barrels made by the custom makers today that are poor shooters. Most gunsmiths will tell you that it has more to do with the gunsmith doing his job than it does with the quality of the barrel.
Sure there is the rare occasion when a bad piece of steel sneaks through the process, but every maker who cares about their name will make things right. Unfortunately that normally leaves the gunsmith with the job of installing a new barrel for free. Most gunsmiths will do this without complaint, because it reflects on the quality of the work they produce.
Article on what it takes to make a hunting rifle shoot well.
Dan Lilja’s web site and the article he produced about accurate barrels.
Craig Boddington discusses accurate barrels.
Jon R. Sundra about this complicated subject.
In the second portion of the show we have an interview with Jonathon Buckley, representing Cutting Edge Bullets. This company not only uses CNC machines to make accurate bullets, they have done extensive testing to improve performance of their bullets both for accuracy and for terminal performance. The produce bullets for target work as well as game animals of any size.
Non lead bullets, or bullets containing no lead are already mandatory in a few places and the greenies continue to push for the removal of lead from ammunition. We are not going to dig into the politics of this issue here, but know that Cutting Edge Bullets are completely lead free.
Jonathan Buckley holds up a 308 Winchester loaded with the ESP Raptor bullet by Cutting Edge Bullets.
MTH bullet (Match Tactical Hunter) hollow point. This bullet also has a boat tail and a hollow base. The design also includes bore rider and drive band features. For details on the design check out this page on the company web site.
Here we have the ESP Raptor bullet. Jonathan discusses the bullet at length in his interview. The for fired bullets at center demonstrate how the design shed the front petals upon penetrating. The petals become in effect shrapnel, while the rear section is designed to be a deep penetrating projectile that stays on track, delivering straight line penetration.
Note the poly-tip at the top of the picture. These are provided with the bullets you the user can determine how they wish to set the bullets up for use.
Another view of the ESP Raptor bullet, showing clearly that the ends are reversible. Seat the bullet as a solid or as a hollow point. As above you have the third option of inserting the poly-tip to increase B.C. for long range shooting.
Home page for Cutting Edge Bullets. This site contains a large amount of technical data on the bullets and will make the discussion on the podcast easier to follow.