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Here's my thoughts on the strength subject for what they're worth. We have a modern gun with a "composite" barrel, a Winchester M59. They have a steel liner with a glass thread wound over it and "welded" to it with epoxy resin. This type of winding of a wire or thread would be by far the strongest way to resist a hoop tension load. (wound like thread on a spool) That being the case one would think that the straighter the ribbands were in a damascus barrel the stronger it would be and the excessive twisting and braiding would serve to weaken it if anything. I think this is why the Laminated barrels came out on top in the 1888 tests. Also, the simple twist barrels are weaker mostly due to the poorer materials and lower skilled workers involved rather than the way they were wound. Comments?