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I just got off the phone with Helmut at Krieger and he informs me that they are now going to begin producing barrels with 5R rifling. Original offerings are 6, 6.5 and 30 cals!
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That will add some nice options for Krieger. I wonder what has changed. Thought Krieger had an agreement with Boots not to sell 5R barrels. It will be interesting to see if Krieger now adds CNC technology to making barrels also. Krieger has always made very fine barrels. But technology changes and to be competetive we all have to change.
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I'm not sure how you can make such a good barrel any better, but as the Canadian importer of Krieger barrels, we had many requests for 5R rifled barrels in the belief these offered some sort of an advantage. The options for canted and 5R rifled barrels are few up here, so I brought the case to Krieger. Whether we had anything to do with this decision or not, Krieger has obtained the rights from Obermeyer to produce 5R rifled barrels and they are the only ones authorized to do so.
I applaud their willingness to try new things and I know the folks at Krieger: they wouldn't do it unless they they could do it very well.
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I applaud obtunded, and of coarse Krieger.
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I suspect the decision of Krieger to offer 5R rifled barrels may have had something to do with the fact that Bartlein Barrels (a competitor to Krieger) has been offering this type of canted land rifling in cut rifled barrels for a little while now (i.e. so it was either either step up to the plate and do it or lose the business to a competitor).
We have certainly purchased a fair number of canted land barrels from Bartlein, and Krieger did not offer that as an option before.