Bolt Action Rifles
What Kind of Practical Accuracy Can You Expect From A Criterion Pre-Fit Barrel? Handloading Makes a Difference!
When it comes to precision rifle accuracy, ammunition quality can make a significant difference. While modern factory ammunition can offer remarkable performance when paired with Criterion barrels, most precision rifles will not perform to their true potential without developing a handload recipe tailored to the indivi..
While they may require the purchase of some additional tools and a bit of a learning curve to install, Rem/Age pre-fit barrels feature some distinct advantages over the traditional gunsmith installation method of rebarreling precision rifle builds. 8541 Tactical details these pros and cons in their recent "Mail Call Mo..
Few tolerances found on a firearm are of more importantance than headspace. Not only is headspace essential to rifle accuracy, but it is a major safety factor to consider when assembling a firearm. Improper headspace can cause case head separation, unsafe chamber pressure levels, or failure to function. What is head..
Discerning rifle builders frequently want to know what kind of barrel life they can expect when purchasing a new Criterion barrel. We try to provide them with a detailed answer so that they can make the most educated selection to serve their intended needs and requirements. When exploring barrel life, it is..
“I don’t clean my barrel until group sizes start opening up.” This line is becoming more and more prevalent in the precision rifle community. Theories fly about the internet on why shooters don’t clean their barrels. Common arguments include the importance of eliminating the need for fouling shots, disrupting the “b..
Writer Norman Johnson recently prepared a detailed report for www.loaddata.com outlining barrel and handload performance with three barrel blanks supplied by Krieger, Criterion, and E.R. Shaw. Starting load results were supplied utilizing a variety of bullet types (without optimizing powder charge weight and..
What is the Best Way to Clean a Rifle Barrel? We are asked this question quite frequently alongside requests for recommended break-in procedures. Improper barrel cleaning methods can damage or destroy a barrel, leading to diminished accuracy or even cause a catastrophic failure. When it comes to barrel mainte..
It is not unusual for us to receive a number of questions regarding barrel care soon after a customer purchases their first Criterion barrel. Oftentimes we receive questions relating to barrel break-in procedures. In this article we have set out to cover some break-in basics and answer a few other commonly as..
All distance shooters are familiar with mirage. An illusion based upon variation in air temperature, mirage has played a role in countless inconsistent groups over the years. Savvy shooters will use mirage as a valuable tool when gauging wind speed and direction. Natural mirage is unavoidable, but there ..