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Carbon is a funny material to work with. The base material is fine as silk, but coupled with the resin, it becomes very stiff indeed (more or less).
The resin is the key. Like so many things, you get what you pay for.
In my experience, carbon cased barrels are nearly as stiff as steel, they strip heat quickly from the barrel and they are inherently more accurate. I’ve demonstrated this very effectively with before and after groups (always ten shots) from the same barrel.
Carbon is not the end all be all, but it has its place. It can give you nearly all the benefits of a heavy target rifle with 1/2 the weight, making it ideal for hunting with. Add a suppressor or muzzle break, and the weight savings have a dramatically positive effect on recoil when used with these things.
I apologise for my absence, but as has been said, I’m very very busy just now. On a positive note, the spam filters are working really really well and the hackers are being sent packing (so far so good).