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Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Mount Jackson, PA
Re: E.R. Shaw rifles
Spirals have been around for a while. It was another method of increasing the surface area to supposedly speed up cooling. It is also supposed to have the advantage of a lighter barrel with the stiffness of a bull barrel. I don't see the advantage to anyone except bench shooter and prairie dog hunters. Then it might be of advantage, but not on a big game rifle. Unless it was an long range rifle and to reduce weight and increase stiffness like a Sendero.
I don't know if there is any merit to spirals over straight flutes. I don't think its possible for the barrel to distort in the shape of the flutes. To my way of thinking that could only happen if one side was cool while the other got really hot. The heat from shooting or setting in the sun would be uniform. Under that extreme case, any barrel could be susceptible.
I personally have considered one. But only cause its a lighter weight replacement to the current bull barrel and I need the profile to remain the same OD since the channel of my stock is already cut.
I don't think it looks terrible.
The deer didn't disappear.... the 250,000 guys who used to walk around and make the deer move did.