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why no modern stepped barrels or heavy taper?

25 Apr 2018
@ 06:50 pm (GMT)

Thomas Kitchen

just wondering why stepped barrels or even heavy taper barrels seem to not have a place any more.

i could see the advantage for the weight side of things or maybe to give you a stiffer barrel with out excessive weight of a varmint profile barrel.

could be an alternative option to barrel fluting.


28 Apr 2018
@ 01:45 am (GMT)

Ed Sybert

Re: why no modern stepped barrels or heavy taper?
Heavy taper barrels are the norm for Benchrest competition rifles. When I competed, I had several. I still have one that I now use for groundhogs and other varmints - a Stolle Panda action with barrels in 223 Ackley Improved and .221 Fireball. By "accident" I also have a Remington 40X action with a stepped barrel. It started out as a heavy taper, but proved to be heavier than I wanted for this rifle. So I slowly and carefully lathed away a lot of stainless steel starting about 4 inches ahead of the action and going straight cylinder to the muzzle at about 0.7 inches. Yes, it still shot in the "threes" with hunting bullets. -Ed
03 May 2018
@ 06:47 am (GMT)

Thomas Kitchen

Re: why no modern stepped barrels or heavy taper?
thank you for that Ed
very interesting, also had to google stolle panda action.

have heard the old omark rifles which are very common but very old now, target rifles came in both stepped and tapered versions.
someone told me the tapered version was normally better but don't know if that's opinion or fact.

just gets the gears moving in the old noggin maybe a no5 profile taper to no3 muzzle .92 down to .65 might work well or maybe there's a reason its not common
10 May 2018
@ 07:23 am (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: why no modern stepped barrels or heavy taper?
Hi Thomas, the Ruger .308 Scout we are filming (Ruger M77 bedding) has a stepped barrel. The parallels allow Ruger to mount a rail on the barrel. There are two steps resulting in a chunky barrel yet relatively light over all rifle weight. It looks quite smart too.
13 May 2018
@ 12:12 am (GMT)

T Mccullough

Re: why no modern stepped barrels or heavy taper?
The vanguard accuguard specs a #3 taper. Perhaps this is close to your interests? An affordable quality piece. And wrapped in a decent B&C stock.


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