I took the 18 inch barrel back to the range with the VARGET. This group is comprised of the following load: 69 grain SMK with 25 grains of Varget on a 70 degree day.
The barrel continues to impress. Remember, this is a chrome lined barrel. While 10 round groups don’t look impressive, they are a much better indicator of practical accuracy than 3 or 5 shot groups. Statistically they represent the capability of the barrel, bullet, and shooter far better than cherry picked three round groups. I shot ten rounds, counted my brass to make sure… and I negated the far left shot because that one was far enough away from the center of the group that I believe that was shooter error rather than barrel or bullet.
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Im confident that 9 rounds are in the bulk of the measured group meaning two rounds had to have went through the same hole. I had a good feeling after shooting the group and called my shots center. I was shooting bipod prone, with the Vortex Razor HD II. See the full (and ongoing) review of the Criterion Barrels Inc 18 inch Hybrid here. The barrel continues to impress me and it’s the perfect blend of accuracy and chrome lined longevity.
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