Barrel tuners. Good or a waste of time?

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  1. geordiesniper

    geordiesniper

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    Hi folks.

    A simple question. I was wondering how many shooters who shoot say 600yds to 1000yds in benchrest competitions use a barrel tuner in the USA.

    As the States will have far more competitive shooters that we have here in the UK I was after a general idea of how popular (or not) they are in competition use.

    Thanks and have a Happy Thanksgiving and good shooting to All.

    Les
     
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  2. R.Morehouse

    R.Morehouse Gold $$ Contributor

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    I run an Ezell tuner on my 6BRA 28" HV barrel 17lb. LV BR gun and like the results i get with it but i have not mastered it for use in changing conditions yet.

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    Rick
     
  3. BenPerfected

    BenPerfected Gold $$ Contributor

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    All my barrels are threaded for a Ezell tuner. For changing conditions, just slightly nudge the tuner in either direction.
    Ben
     
  4. geordiesniper

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    Ben, when you say changing conditions, I presume you nudge the tuner only if the temperature changes. And if it that is correct then which way if the temp goes cooler (in or out?)
    Thanks
     
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  5. BenPerfected

    BenPerfected Gold $$ Contributor

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    Never payed attention. My process is to pick a base tune and then slightly move the tuner in each direction using sighters. My base tune is a full turn out so you have room to work with.
    Ben
     
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  6. BartsBullets

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    I’ve got an Ezell on all my rifles! I shoot them in competition from 100 to 1000 yards!

    Bart
     
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    Bart
    Have you ever had to make an adjustment at or during a match?

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  8. BartsBullets

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    Always!
     
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  9. damoncali

    damoncali Gold $$ Contributor

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    An Ezell tuner is a no brainer.
     
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    If that's the case I should be well qualified for one!!
     
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  11. bichettereds

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    Not to hijak, but which tuner (ezell or other) is most used on LV (10.5lb) guns? I think I’ve seen a lot of buckys.
     
  12. BenPerfected

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    My bet is the Buckys Tuner is less cost. Is it adjustable?....and does it have clear markings in very small increments?
    Ben
     
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    Cost is about the same. Buckys is harder to adjust. You have to loosen and tighten a screw with an Allan-wrench. No markings on the tuner. But it is much lighter 3 to 4 oz compared to 7 oz for the Ezell.

    Bart
     
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  14. BartsBullets

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    There are more Buckys and Woolum tuners on the line at short range group matches. The only advantage of a Buckys vs Ezell is weight. The 7 oz Ezell makes it difficult to make 10.5lb. It can be done! I use very light scarbrough stocks and Bat DS actions and use Mike’s tuner!

    Bart
     
  15. R.Morehouse

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    Mikes tuners won't fit on a 10.5 rifle barrel contour. We talked about it at one point and he mentioned a sleve could be made & he was thinking about making one for the leaner barrel contour of the 10.5ppc.........I know he is listening...........I know he is listening.........Mike.....;)

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    Rick
     
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  16. BenPerfected

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    It will probably be easier if your gunsmith would make a sleeve for your tuner or reduces the barrel dia at the muzzle to get a perfect fit. Not too much in this sport that doesn’t require a gunsmith.
    Ben
     
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  17. R.Morehouse

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    Thanks Ben
    Yeah we do it all the time out here. Just haven't wanted to make a sleve for the tuner then thread it.....To Lazy i guess....o_O... But turning them down is a snap.My LVppc is a switch barrel to a 30Major with one of Mikes tuners that is crazy accurate but i am not concerned about weight with that one.....
    Rick
     
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    I believe he has reduced the thread size for the lighter contour
     
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  19. gunsandgunsmithing

    gunsandgunsmithing The best tuners and wind flags on the market

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    Yes Rick..I've been listening. The .875 tuner works on virtually any br contour barrel. I released them back in April, iirc.
    As for weight..there are advantages to more weight but mine can be lightened if you take it all the way down, it'll weigh a tad over 4 ounces. I stony encourage people to leave all the weight there that they can stand, though. If the tradeoff is the extra weight or an inch of barrel, I'll take the weight, every day and twice on Sundays. But, at 4 ounces, it works as well as any other 4 ounce tuner, ime.---Mike Ezell

    I still make both sizes for now but am working toward discontinuing the larger .900 model. I've used both on barrels up to 1.450" straight barrel block guns. No difference in how they work. One is .025 bigger at the threads than the other. Not much difference and the .900 would work on many lv barrels but not all. Afaik, the .875 will work on all of them.
    I'll be doing some testing soon that might result in a new smaller model soon. I fully expect to be posting test results pretty soon that I think will be eye opening.
     
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  20. R.Morehouse

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    That's good news. I will be getting with you for one for the 6ppc. That 30 Major Lederer barrel has worked out better than i could have hoped for & knowing how long it will last makes me chuckle a bit when i think about it......2019 is going to be a fun season.....:cool:

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    Rick
     

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