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Old 5th July 2016, 10:11 PM
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I like the sound of a smooth bore with a twist at the end any opinions
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I think fishing is a better hobby.
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I like the sound of a smooth bore with a twist at the end any opinions
are these barrels available to buy ?

has any one done any serious testing / reporting ?

I'd give one a try if it wasn't daft money , just for the sake of curiosity


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are these barrels available to buy ?

has any one done any serious testing / reporting ?

I'd give one a try if it wasn't daft money , just for the sake of curiosity


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Not really a fan of fisting.
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I tried one once. Not pellet fussy at all. Wont group with any pellet @ 55 yds
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are these barrels available to buy ?

has any one done any serious testing / reporting ?

I'd give one a try if it wasn't daft money , just for the sake of curiosity


+ 1 on the dogging
Yeh, +1 on the testing... now the 100yd range is up

You've got enough dogs though.
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My observations on the smooth twist is that it seems to work very well out to 55yds+ with FAC velocities. At 12fpe it seems to be a bit more hit or miss with groups opening up past 45yds...
This is probably why the smooth twist barrels are so popular in the US as they don't suffer the same power limitations we do.
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There's been a few threads about them on the AirgunBBS

I've tried a couple at Donny Airgun Range (The customer's couldn't get them to group no matter what pellet they put through them, so asked if I'd try).

Out of the 2 I've personally tried, I couldn't get a group better than 1" at 30 yards.

That's not an exhaustive test, and may also be more to do with the rifle than the barrel - but it's what I found with the two I've tried. There was a 3rd one as well, which I didn't try, but the customer reported the same thing - terrible groups.

To add balance to that observation, there are a few people on the AirgunBBS who say that their ST barrels put in groups that are as good as the groups they get from their other guns.

The general feeling is also that the barrels need a cleaning regime to get the best from them (just like other barrels really).

So.. it might be that the one's I've tried just had some issues and isn't indicative of all ST barrels.

However..... If the people who have found them to group well have only found them at best to group as well as other barrels whilst still requiring a regular cleaning regime, you've got to ask yourself the question - "What benefit are they over other tried and tested barrels?"

I've not heard a single report where someone has said (let alone demonstrated) that their ST barrel gives any sort of advantage over a fairly bog standard LW barrel.

Are they supposed to be better than what we've already got?
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