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A question that might be best answered by those who are into the benchrest game, but will ask here to get a broader sample of answers.

Have heard that certain barrels are "Hummers", ie shoot well in any condition. Never could tell if any I had are, as I'm not that good of a shot.

But, have noticed over the last few weeks that a certain rifle I own just shoots better in the wind than another rifle that is similar. In calm conditions, they're both pretty much dead even. But in wind, one requires very little hold off while the other is very picky on where the POA is. Is this something that is quite common? Or do I just have an extremely good barrel on this one rifle?

The rifles I'm speaking of are a 40x HB and a 52D HB. The 52 is a beat up CMP rifle, and when I say beat up, I mean beat up. The 40x is in very good shape as it's a commercial grade rifle. Both are pretty much dead even in calm weather, but in windy conditions, the 52 just kicks its butt.

Now, these are shot with open sights, and when I say kicks butt, I mean an x or two more on total score. But I really don't hold off nearly as much with the 52D in the wind.

Have any of you heard of or experienced this?

Thanks for any replies.

Kenny
 

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The good one is a Hummer. Most custom or premium factory barrels shoot very small groups and do OK when it come to wind with your adjustment for it, but every now and then you get that one barrel that just shoots fantastic in all conditions. Sure, you may have to compinsate for wind, they just seem to be more consistant and shoot nice small one hole groups.

I think it has to do with the way the barrel vibrates, they are just as close to being right as possible and have flawless rifling and lapping.

If you get one, take the best of care and try to limit shooting it too much to make it last as long as possible if it's a CF.

It's the luck of the draw in most cases, when you get lucky, you get that one barrel that just outshines every other one that you have.

I think that you have to be a great shooter to really take advantage of a Hummer barrel, but one can even help those of us who just shoot decent.

Comp shooters covet a barrel like that anytime they get one, the stars are in alignment, the universe is right and their barrel shoots like a house on fire :bthumb:

My Best, John
 
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