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Log in. Remington Shotguns Standard Contour vs. Light Contour Barrels. Jump to Latest Follow. ed Aug 23,
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Status Not open for further replies. ed Jan 29, Opinions requested regarding the "light contour" target barrels by Remington. Are they as good as the older barrels?
Does the drop in weight seem to increase perceived recoil? Any negatives?
Given identical barrel lengths, the light contour barrel shave about a half a pound off the weight. The chambers, bores and chokes between the standard weight and light contour barrels are the same excepting the factory backbored trap barrel. The only difference is in the exterior of the barrels.
The standard and light contour barrels are exactly the same out to approximately 4" or so in front of the receiver. From there, the light contour barrel tapers down in diameter.
Then, just before the choke tube area, it tapers back up to the standard dimensions. The rib is different in height of its posts to compensate, but the rib top is at the same height.
Remington barrel remington wingmaster 12 gauge 3" 26" rem choke vent rib light contour (bradley front sight and middle bead) blue
The light contour barrel definitely changes the balance of the gun. It's nice to carry in the field, shedding an extra half pound of weight. As for recoil, not really noticeable until you start using very heavy lo. The lighter barrels swing much easier. I prefer a standard weight barrel or trap barrel for trap, because it swings more steady and slowly.
The light contour barrel is much better suited for sporting clays, because you can easily change direction for the second clay. You can also jink the barrel around more easily in the field when upland birds suddenly change direction. Remington light contour barrel light contour barrel will cycle lo that are slightly lighter than standard weight barrels. Others are equal. It may be that the gas ports on some light contour barrels are slightly larger, or some standard barrels have slightly smaller gas ports.
This is because light contour barrel appeal more for those shooting lighter lo, like some target shooters and upland hunters, while the heavier barrel appeal more for duck and geese hunters. One standard barrel will cycle the same as the light contour barrel.
Light contour barrels cannot be backbored. The barrel is too thin to allow this. However, they can have their forcing cones lengthened, because they are exactly the same in that area as the standard barrels.
Standard contour vs. light contour barrels
Standard barrels will not fit in a light contour barrel's forend, unless the barrel channel is opened up. From the factory, no light contour barrels came in camo finish. Again this has to do with the type of hunting done.
Camo finish appeals more to those using heavy lo, like duck, goose and turkey hunters. Light contour target barrels, like skeet and sporting clays, are set up to cycle lighter lo than even the field light contour barrels. But they lack a gas compensation system, and cannot be used with heavier field lo. The trap barrel has a standard weight barrel contour, but it is factory backbored.
This saves a little weight but not as much as the light contour barrel. It's still a heavy barrel. And it is set up for light lo, not the heavier field lo. As far as I know, no light contour trap barrel was made for thethough the late model trap guns used a light contour trap barrel that was not backbored.
Light contour barrelsopinions
For skeet I like the extra ground hugging weight of the standard contour barrels. But then we like the extra up-front weight of our tube-sets. They weighed less than the 28" and 30" barrels. the discussion.
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