Identical barrels (same load, harmonic, wut-nut)

Teach Me Sensei

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Lets say I have too much money to burn and I'm building a rifle in a barrel-burner caliber

Is it possible for a gunsmith to deliver a rifle with 3-4 barrels that will shoot identical with the same load?
 

b6graham

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same barrel same reamer same smith. pretty common for guys to do this especially PRS guys shooting 6mm

maybe yes maybe no

but every piece of steel will be slightly different, just like every lot of bullet and powder

buy your own reamer and have a good smith do it. and it's a good possibility but there's no guarantees
 

morganlamprecht

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guy used to shoot with us, he's since passed on, but he would order 4-5 barrels at a time and have them chambered

he would shoot his chosen load in all of them, and only keep the ones that shot to his standards...he'd sell the others at a discount

if youre ok with 3/4-1moa, im sure youd be fine in most cases...but i think his was 1/2moa or better, consistently, and he sold quite a few barrels
 

Rubicon Precision

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If the barrels came from the same lot, chambered at the same time with the same reamer, it should be RFC.
 

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If you chamber them in a proven cartridge that is known to shoot well across a variety of rifle makes then your idea is entirely possible. If you choose a finicky one off cartridge your odds will decline of finding a sweet spot that performs in all the barrels.
 

Mordamer

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I am on my 4th 6 Dasher barrel without doing load work up and excellent results on all of them with the same load. I chamber my own barrels with the same reamer. I changed contours and twist rates and all the barrels still shot the same loads plenty good for my standards. This may be more a testament to the forgiveness of the 105 Hybrid bullet and the 6 Dasher cartridge.

All of these barrels will generally shoot .3 to .5 MOA.
 
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fdkay

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Depends on who makes your barrel.
For instance, ER Shaw buys the steel for their barrels by the HEAT, so all of the barrels in that lot have steel with identical composition. There are still variables to consider, like the condition of the cutter or button used, etc...
If you can find a high end barrel maker that can guarantee that the barrels came from the same HEAT, you'll be part way there.
As stated previously, use your own reamer, possibly invest in a rougher and a finish so your finish reamer will keep it's dimensions longer.
Or, just do a load work up for each barrel. You may luck out.
 

kthomas

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Adjusting your load in-between barrels is not a big deal either. Probably wont take much new load development.
You have to break in the barrel anyways, which is a good time to adjust/test bullet seating depth.

But I can see the convenience of never having to do load development again, and why some would want that.
 

iceng

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In theory, yes. In practice, no. When barrels are profiled, one can be a bees-dick thicker or thinner on diameter. One chamber will be a hair deeper or shallower than the next, the rifling will be slightly different shape between each. The purity of coolant while cutting may introduce particles, etc. Everything "adds up". Many people can't tell the difference, but top end bench / fclass / PRS shooters will. Also be aware you would have to shoot your barrels equally so they all wear at the same rate, and clean at the same interval.

What would happen if you shoot one in winter, and one in summer. It's down to load consistency, how hot / cool the barrel is, etc.

Short version: too many variables to control unless you machine them in a NASA grade lab and shoot in temperature controlled indoor tunnels.
 

supercorndogs

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I shoot the same loads in winter and summer, and charge weights between two barrels are also very close. When I get a new barrel I do a ten shot pressure test, then go back to old charge weight and run OAL test. If the pressure test doesn't change. I have changed loads more for different lots of powder and different kinds of brass, more than different barrels. I would hate to guess how many 223s I have seen shoot lights out with 26.4-26.6 of Varget and any 55g bullet I have. 23.6 or so of 8208 with a 77.
 

iceng

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Took me a while, but I eventually found it. If you have "unlimited budget", why not try a structured barrel ?