<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Herodotus:
I surely cannot give the definitive answer on this, but there are (where?) people who believe that a boat tailed bullet wears out a barrel faster than a flat based bullet precisely because it lets more hot gas slip by the bullet. It would take an awsome shooting experiment to verify this.[/quote]
There was a lot of work done in this area by a combine of the US Army (Aberdeen MD.) and the old US Springfield Armory. If memory serves me correctly it was Garands that were used and the results of the test were inconclusive. No appreciable difference between either a BT or FB bullet. It was discovered however that a barrel was more likely to show sings of wear depending on the types of powder sued. Ball powder being easier on barrels, but in my opinion its a lucky man that gets to shoot enough to be affected by the slight difference in the powders.
[This message has been edited by Southla1 (edited March 24, 2000).]