As a bullet flies through the barrel, the ignition of the gunpowder is exerting 50,000 pounds per square inch down the line.
To stabilize the bullet as it exits with all that pressure behind it, someone thought of putting spiralized grooves down the interior of the barrel. This is rifling. The stability comes in the spin put on the bullet, similar to throwing a football in a spiral.
This technique became quite popular and devastating during the American revolutionary war and actually birthed the shorthand term “rifle” for the muskets used for fighting.
In this day and age it’s easy enough to buy one, but if you buy a blank barrel, you can save money and do it yourself.
In the below DIY video, you’ll see how you can buy a blank and put your own spin on it.
With a quick trip to the hardware store, you can buy just the right amount to create a more accurate barrel. Can you imagine the machinery used to make this
in the past?
Now, all you need is patience (and the hardware).
If you choose to go this route, be sure to take the barrel to an area free from other people to give it a good test. Take a blank barrel and your rifled barrel and sight them in down range.
See if your DIY project performs better over long distances.
Have you done this before? Let us know what you think in the comments below.