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Old 11-06-2011, 07:20 AM
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Re: AR Barrel Length

Well mine is not for shooting game but it will drive tacks at 300M with 77g SMKs. It is a 20" gov profile 1-7 twist. I would not even consider goining longer than 20" and I'm contimplating having this one choped to 18"

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Old 11-06-2011, 10:56 AM
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I will be the one weirdo in the group. A lot of these comments about not much difference between 16 and 20 inch barrels and 24 inches just not needed is assuming you are chambering your rifle in 223 and even then I somewhat disagree.

With that said, the AR15 can be an excellent platform at any range if you define its purpose and chose the correct caliber and components before you start spending money. With todays components, it's not hard at all to build a consistent autoloading rifle that can be a bolt guns equal in terms of accuracy .
so before you can decide on proper barrel length you have to define the rifles purpose and the round which you intend to use.

I chose a 20" 8 twist barrel for my rig. It works very well for my needs
Your assumption is correct, that my assumption is that the OP's rifle is chambered in 223/5.56 and generally, I agree with rdsii. You need to clearly define the role the rifle will fulfill then build from there.

That said, I don't think that the AR is the best platform for a longrange shooter. (longrange defined as >600 yards).
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Old 11-07-2011, 10:08 AM
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Re: AR Barrel Length

Go with the 20", you'll be much happier. My first AR was a Bushy Varminter with the 24" barrel. After using it for a couple of years, I started looking around for something shorter and lighter. I ended up building a 16" barreled AR for hunting purposes. It carries great, swings nice, and is very light to carry. For comparison, I also have a 20" .243 WSSM that I also use for hunting. This is by far the longest I want to go for hunting. This gun has a bull barrel, so it is front heavy, but with the 20" barrel, it still swings good and is easy to maneuver in the thick stuff.

To make a long story short, go with the 20", you'll be much happier in the long run!
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Go with the 20", you'll be much happier. My first AR was a Bushy Varminter with the 24" barrel. After using it for a couple of years, I started looking around for something shorter and lighter. I ended up building a 16" barreled AR for hunting purposes. It carries great, swings nice, and is very light to carry. For comparison, I also have a 20" .243 WSSM that I also use for hunting. This is by far the longest I want to go for hunting. This gun has a bull barrel, so it is front heavy, but with the 20" barrel, it still swings good and is easy to maneuver in the thick stuff.

To make a long story short, go with the 20", you'll be much happier in the long run!
next time around, try a national match profile barrel. At 20 inches its a pound lighter than 20 inch full bull barrel.
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Go with the 20", you'll be much happier. My first AR was a Bushy Varminter with the 24" barrel. After using it for a couple of years, I started looking around for something shorter and lighter. I ended up building a 16" barreled AR for hunting purposes. It carries great, swings nice, and is very light to carry. For comparison, I also have a 20" .243 WSSM that I also use for hunting. This is by far the longest I want to go for hunting. This gun has a bull barrel, so it is front heavy, but with the 20" barrel, it still swings good and is easy to maneuver in the thick stuff.

To make a long story short, go with the 20", you'll be much happier in the long run!
I did order the 20". Thanks all for your replies.
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Re: AR Barrel Length

Being as the OP has already decided on his barrel choice, mind if I ask where a guy should look for a match grade non bull barrel?


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Old 11-09-2011, 11:33 AM
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Being as the OP has already decided on his barrel choice, mind if I ask where a guy should look for a match grade non bull barrel?


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Everywhere....Midway, Wilson Combat, Bravo Company USA, Hart Rifle Barrels. The list just goes on and on and on.

Midway has an entire section of their website devoted to AR15 parts...

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