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Old September 17, 2012, 11:15 AM   #1
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Question: Swamped vs. Straight Rifle Barrel?

I'm ordering parts to build a Lehigh Valley-style flintlock long rifle. I'm thinking over whether to use a straight vs. swamped octagonal barrel.

The caliber will be .40, length 42". If I go with a straight barrel, it'll be 13/16" across the flats. If swamped, then either an "A" or "B" profile.

The swamped barrel would be more historically correct for this rifle style, but that's not a major issue. More interested in building a good-shooting rifle.

My understanding is that the swamped barrel will add weight, but provide better balance and stability when shooting off-hand.

The rifle will be used for target shooting.

What do you guys think? Any experience one way or the other?
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