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1. The process or operation of cutting spiral grooves in a rifle barrel.
2. Grooves cut in a rifle barrel.
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1. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) the cutting of spiral grooves on the inside of a firearm's barrel
2. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) the series of grooves so cut
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(ˈraɪ flɪŋ)

1. the cutting of spiral grooves in a gun barrel, pipe, etc.
2. the system of grooves so cut.
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Noun1.rifling - the cutting of spiral grooves on the inside of the barrel of a firearmrifling - the cutting of spiral grooves on the inside of the barrel of a firearm
formation, shaping - the act of fabricating something in a particular shape
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[ˈraɪflɪŋ] N (Tech) → estría f, estriado m, rayado m
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Lewis rifled his guns with a gain twist, and the rifling in this piece appears to be designed for a patched picket bullet rather than a round-ball.
Rifling was tried from the early days of gunnery, but rifling requires a greater force to push the bullet through the muzzle, which means that guns have to be better constructed and are harder to reload.
We're talking about rifled slug barrels boasting rifling like the conventional rifle.
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