Which Rifle Barrel Manufacturing Method Is Best?

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In order to find out which method of rifle barrel manufacturing was best, I interviewed Jochen Anschutz (president of Anschutz) and Woody Woodall (president of Lothar-Walther). I found it interesting that although Mr. Woodall stated that all three of the major methods – cut rifling, button rifling, and hammer forging – can produce equally accurate barrels, and although Mr. Anschutz is surrounded (in Europe) by manufacturers that produce hammer forged barrels, both companies choose button rifling for their precision rifle barrels.

I intended to interview (on video) at least one senior member of a company that uses hammer forged barrels for precision weapons, but was unable to squeeze such an interview in during IWA. It is possible that another such interview might take place in the future. I should note that in conversations with a senior Beretta engineer which took place off camera during the Beretta factory tour, the primary reason for the switch to hammer forging was the precise alignment of the chamber to the rifling. He also stated that overall cost was a factor.

Keep an eye out for future posts discussing how companies like Steyr and Sig hammer forge their barrels.

Rifle Barrel Manufacturing Q&A

Andrew Tuohy

Andrew Tuohy was a Navy Corpsman with the 5th Marine Regiment. He makes a living by producing written and visual content within the firearm industry, and he also teaches carbine courses. He prefers elegant weapons for a more civilized age, and regularly posts at Vuurwapen Blog.


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  • fw226

    Wow. I’m impressed with the blog, especially with this video responding to the comments on the Steyr video. Nice work!

  • Todd

    Savage uses button rifling. My Savage rifles all shoot exceptionally well and all shoot like rifles costing many time more. My friend just got the 110BA in .338LM and I feel it is every bit as solid a performer as a Sako or AI. it is a pure beast and at $1900 it is an absolute steal.

  • iwannashoot

    Impressive site. Perhaps you could answer a question I have. I’m looking to buy a Remington 700 in .308 and have come across several posts around the web about breaking in a new rifle. To me that sounds strangely ineffective. would it be possible to do a blog on the pros and cons of the effects it would/wouldn’t have on a new rifle?

    thanks.
    iwannashoot