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Old March 15, 2013, 01:42 PM   #18
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I'd be willing to bet money (a reasonable sum) that with factory barrels from the mass manufacturers, the heavy barrels will shoot consistently better than the thinner barrels. I would not make that bet on custom barrels, though some little voice in my head says that if I had to build a rifle to make just the perfect shot, it would have a heavy barrel.

My cousin was in blackpowder unlimited at the national class level, and his unlimited barrel must be 4 inches across at the muzzle. I never asked him why he needed a heavy barrel and not some thin whippy barrel, but I suspect that I know the reason.
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