Frequently asked Questions
Q: What does a carbon-fiber barrel consist of?
Christensen Arms uses a select match-grade, 416R stainless steel blank, which is machined down and wrapped in carbon.
Q: Are carbon-fiber barrels safe?
Yes. Carbon-fiber barrel casing is 3-4 times stronger than steel, making them safer than steel.
Q: What advantages do carbon-fiber barrels have over steel barrels?
- Safety – Graphite barrel casing is 3-4 times stronger than steel
- Accuracy – Graphite barrel casing is 4-5 times stiffer than steel/per weight
- Comfort/Mobility – Graphite/epoxy barrel casing is 5-6 times lighter than steel
- Durability – Graphite barrel casing is 100 percent weatherproof
- Quality – Graphite barrel lining is match grade 416R stainless steel
- Longevity – Graphite increases barrel life by approximately 25 percent
Q: What is the explanation behind the advantages of carbon-fiber barrels?
Carbon-fiber barrels have a zero coefficient of thermal expansion while steel barrels expand and contract with temperature changes (hot or cold). Since the temperature through the barrel is not uniform, it causes the steel barrel to warp. These effects cause the bullet point of impact to change. Christensen carbon-fiber barrels do not respond to internal or external temperature change, resulting in accuracy shot after shot. No matter how hot or cold the weather is that you are hunting in, your shot accuracy will not be affected.
Q: What kind of life can I get out of a carbon-fiber barrel?
Carbon-fiber barrels add approximately 25 percent to the life of any barrel it is applied to. Independent tests show that the carbon wrap keeps the underlying steel layer approximately 25 percent cooler than a normal steel barrel, which in turn adds to the life of the barrel.
Q: What calibers do you chamber in?
Christensen Arms offers most existing caliber options, depending on which type of gun you choose.
Q: What is the difference between a Classic and Summit model?
It is like comparing a base model Cadillac with a loaded model Cadillac. The Classic model is a technologically elite rifle at a base price, the Custom firearm is the same technologically elite rifle, but goes many steps further by including all of the options.
Q: What is the difference between the bull barrel and the sporter barrel?
They both start at 1 1/4” at the action and end at 9/10” at the muzzle. The main difference is in the way that they taper. The bull barrel is a straight taper from one end to the other. The sporter barrel takes a more dramatic taper about 5 inches outside of the action and runs at a slightly small diameter for the remainder of the barrel. Also, the sporter barrel is 2 ounces lighter than the bull barrel.
Q: Are there any accuracy differences between the bull barrel and the sporter barrel?
No, both barrels perform the same. Bull barrels are recommended in calibers .338 and above for extra strength.
Q: In order to send in my rifle, do I need to send it through an FFL holder (dealer)?
No, you can send your rifle directly to Christensen Arms and we can send it directly back to you.
Q: What should I check if my rifle’s accuracy is inconsistent?
- Scope mounts and rings should be tight.
- Receiver screws should be tight.
- Muzzle brake should be tight.
- Clean with a good copper dissolver.
- All the ammo should be the same, and make sure the ammo is the proper load and grade for optimal performance for your gun. Remember, not all ammunition is created equal.
- Try using a different scope.
- See if barrel is free floating.
- Test with a second shooter (everybody has bad days).