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What does the "twist rate" of a barrel mean?

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Twist imparts spin on a bullet which dramatically improves its stability in flight. For example, if a barrel has a twist rate of 1 in 9”, then the rifling would complete 1 full revolution in 9 inches.

Heavier bullet weights in a given caliber require more twist. More twist is indicated by a lower number- 1 in 9 has more twist than 1 in 12.

Firearm manufacturers select twist rates for their guns which effectively stabilize most popular bullet weights for that caliber. If bullets are used in a given firearm that are on the extreme ends bullet weight for its caliber accuracy of the firearm may be effected.

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