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had a quick question....if one had a highly overbore round, like 6.5mm @ 3500 ft lbs.....
would any of the following methods reduce wear enough for machine gun usage...
plastic driving bands
gain twist rifling
nitride treated barrel...
polymer or moly-coating the bullet
my last question is a random one....i saw the General Dynamics rifle had a moving barrel....could one fix the zero-loss problem by having an IR laser or similar, mounted on the barrell......you view the dot through the optic
Driving bands or plastic jacket itself will help a lot. Decent surface modification will as well. But ideally for a machinegun you'd have a full lenght liner of some superalloy or hot work mold steel at the very least.
For the recoiling barrel, you'd want a tapered seating surface for realiable return to zero, those can get pretty good if made properly. The laser wouldn't help beyound point blank range and then any shift in zero would be minimal.
In an interview with the Forgotten Weapons website, a representative from Faxon Barrels stated that chrome is preferred over nitride coatings for the interior of machine gun barrels. He stated that chrome provides some structural strength to rifling that becomes important when the barrel is heated to the annealing point of the steel.
I can't really comment on that with certainty, if the chrome is thick enough and it behaves well at high temperature, specially in creep behavior, sure. Not sure if it's thick enough to add any actual structural integrity.
Again the ideal would be a full length superalloy (Ta, Ni or Co based) liner. There is a difficulty in manufacturing those with current techniques, but they have proved strong enough and there is research on how to additive manufacture composite barrels.
plastic driving bands
This article provides a wonderful overview of what's being looked into for improving LMG barrel life, and weapon life and improvement generally. One of the better NDIA slideshows:
Plastic driving bands was one possible option mentioned.
The bulk of the focus was on various 'superalloy' barrel steels.
There is also the Aeroshell projectile concept being evaluated by SOCOM.
Solid Steel or Tungsten AP Core, surrounded by a non discarding plastic body. Goal is to increase velocity, reduce barrel wear, and reduce cost of ammunition.
There's some interesting ndia presentations involving flow forming such liners showing quite a bit of promise.
That presentation was several years ago too, I imagine it has progressed significantly since then.
Well my pet project was a 6.5mm bullet , not 6.7mm, with 300 win mag energies.
To achieve it the barrel is 29 inch, totally smoothbore for 9 inches and then a very slow increase to the full rate. Full rate only starts at the last 8 inches.
So it's basically a smoothbore gun. Then u add the drive bands and stuff.
For recoil i was thinking a moving stock, like the FG42. Optic violently recoils too, so you keep your zero.it needs a long eye relief.
Any thoughts on this concept? A 90 grain VLD at 4000fps...
Why bother with the far-end, gain-twist rifling? Spin energy is well less than 1% of muzzle energy: negligible savings and incredible loads on driving bands. Heavy gilding copper may not take your loading, lexan will not, sintered/fused iron is a maybe/maybe not. Small-bore, long barrel, great energy: a large portion of it in the 60-70 grains of gas following the projectile out the muzzle. Barrel wear might be a concern.
Type in 308 smoothbore 5000fps, and theres a vid of a guy who achieved somethig somilar...i cant load it so didnt see the bullet weight.
Also theres a russian smoothbore gun TS2, with paradox rifling.....whats that
Lastly ARL apparently got 5000fps out of a taperbore AR, with 100k PSI
Could one have he full twist rate only on the last 6 inches of barrel....or is that not enough.