Please select your area of interest from the menu categories at the left.
Since 1986, Tony Boyer of Keezletown, Virginia, has literally dominated benchrest competition in this country. As you'd expect, the way Tony stays on top is by shooting the very finest equipment he can find.
That's why Tony shoots Shilen barrels.
He switched to Shilen for a very unusual reason. In 1987 he described in Precision Shooting Magazine a bizarre incident that occurred while he was shooting a friend's benchrest rifle. This particular rifle shot very well in calm conditions, but when the wind began to blow, the way the gun shot was--as Tony described it--eerie. He was stunned to discover that bullets launched by this barrel were less affected by the wind. Even if he did not pick up the conditions very well, the barrel kept putting shot after shot through the same hole.
Tony named those barrels that are capable of ignoring the wind "Hummers", and his shooting career has since been occasioned by a continuing search for these unusual and somewhat controversial barrels. (Ed Shilen wonders if they are simply extremely accurate barrels that give the impression they're shooting through conditions.)
The bottom line is, when Tony began shooting Shilen barrels in 1988, his percentage of Hummer Barrels increased dramatically. So now you know why Mr. Boyer and thousands of like-minded accuracy fanatics shoot Shilens.
The point of this story is that whether you're gunning for one-hole groups or cape buffalo, you're in the same boat with Tony Boyer. You need all the accuracy you can get. And you get all the accuracy you need with a Shilen barrel.
Now that you know why you should shoot a Shilen barrel, the question remains, which Shilen should you shoot?
Perhaps this will help you decide.
Back to top.