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Question by JPMNTMAN. Uploaded on February 09, 2013
I don't have any experience with cryo treated barrels, but I have read differing opinions of them. Some say it increases accuracy, others say it is basically worthless.
I have had a few barrels cyro'd. The problem with this is that you have to start with a good barrel to begin with. A barrel that doesn't group well will not become an instant benchrest rifle. It has to start from the begining. Hammer forged stainless barrel, no need for cryo treatment as it would have very little if any benefits in the end result. A good shooting match grade barrel may benefit slightly in the long run, but again only slightly. Start with a good barrel, season it properly and stay away from gimics like firelapping. a good barrel doesn't need anything but a good shooter with a well assembled firearm
I have not heard of a case where it hurt but have heard of many where it did not help. I would do it if I thought it made a difference however I don't. I feel that an air-gauged perfect barrel with a perfect chamber alignment with the right case design does much more than cryo treatment. You've got to get that right first anyway and once you do it will shoot them through the same hole... cryo treatment has a tough time beating that.
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