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Seriously, what is the difference between a light and heavy barrel? Somebody enlighten me! Is it just a weight issue? If so, then wouldn't the heavy barrel be better for follow up shots. Then I guess the light barrel would be lighter for lugging around?
 

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The Heavy Barrel is heaver due to the barrel being thicker in diameter than the light barrel.

The heavy barrel is slower in reponsding due to it weight, but it takes longer to heat up and therefore has less issue with a change in the point of impact as the bareel heats up.

Where a light barrel will heat up faster and therefore its point of impact will change sooner than an heavy barrel.

If you have to carry a rifle all day the light barrel would be easier on you than a Heavy Barrel.
 

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The heavy barrel is slower in reponsding due to it weight, but it takes longer to heat up and therefore has less issue with a change in the point of impact as the bareel heats up.


Slower in responding to what?
 

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Due to it extra weight it take longer to start the motion of the rifle and takes longer to slow the rifle in comparison to the same type of rifle with the same lenght barrel.
 

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Due to it extra weight it take longer to start the motion of the rifle and takes longer to slow the rifle in comparison to the same type of rifle with the same lenght barrel.
Gotcha, thanks. I was assuming that's what you ment but it seemed like the weight wouldn't be THAT much of a factor in responding. I mean, we're talking ounces here.
 

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The effect is not extreme but it is noticeable to people once they change from using one rifle for a long time then have to use a different rifle it becomes noticeable.
 

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The heavy barrel is an option for .223.
The heavy barrel is the standard for the other calibers since they have a larger bore. This cuts down on the weight.
Alex states that he sees no need for a heavy barrel in .223. I don't know if it was on this forum or the RA web site.

A long time ago people used to argue about pound differences. Now we argue about ounces. Isn't technology great?
 
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