Rifle Barrel Accuracy - A definitive work on the selection, installation, and evaluation of rifle barrels for supreme accuracy.
by Norman E. Johnson
As the gunsmith/rifleman takes on the role of machinist and ballistic technician in the extreme accuracy arena, his or her every skill will be tested. In this treatise I will delve into the selection, installation, and evaluation of two match grade rifle barrels, both chambered for the same cartridge. Each will be used as test barrels on near-identical, highly accurate Model 40X Remington switch-barrel rifles. Following the installation of these two match grade barrels, I will perform comparative tests on them, carefully analyzing performance of each one. (Feb 2016 issue)
Workshop Aids On A Budget - These shop-made helpers are easily made, often with materials on hand.
by Dick Maheu
I have known a lot of gunsmiths in my time, and the vast majority of them did not have a pocket full of greenbacks to throw away. Ingenuity and frugality were common attributes with most of them and they made do where they could, without compromising the quality of their work. I have had this mindset from day one of taking my first gun apart. It makes good sense to save your money for the tools and equipment you can't make and to make those that you can. (Jan 2016 issue)
The Basics of Cut Rifling A Rifle Barrel
by Charles J. Moore
Because gun barrels have been rifled for so long in so many different regions of the world, the device that is used to guide and support the hook cutter during a rifling operation is known by several different names. These names include, but probably are not limited to, rifling cutter box, rifling cutter head, rifling head, rifling box, rifling bar, and cutter box. As far as I know, there is no one correct name for the tool; all of the preceding names seem to be equally valid. I use the term rifling cutter box simply because that is the first name for the thing with which I became acquainted. (Dec 2015 issue)