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Old 12-14-2013, 09:22 PM
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Re: Lija barrels question

Originally Posted by huntthedistance View Post
I only asked this just because someone here is telling his customers that is what happened to his gun and to 10-15 other ones. I feel something fishy and figured that if there was one way or the other the truth will surface.
Rumors are like noseeums. Not a damned thing you can do about them and they are a PITA to track down.

If Dan got a bad batch of barrels I'm sure he's figured it out and would make it right.
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Old 12-15-2013, 12:00 AM
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Re: Lija barrels question

Probably I was just wanting to hear the same thing from these other 10-15 customer builds. I always believe dan makes great barrels, but was unaware of the shilen problems until now as well.
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Old 12-15-2013, 12:41 AM
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Re: Lija barrels question

The story is that when Ed Shilen left and his son Doug took over, the quality of the barrels diminished overall. I got my first 2 at the time of the transition so I think I lucked out. Then, my most recent Shilen came after Doug was no longer involved (is what I was told). I have zero evidence to verify the story but it sure seemed to be the common rumor from lots of people.

I accepted an offer from a barrel broker on another forum who got me two Shilen barrels at $200 each after shipping when I had written about the stories I had HEARD. He told me I was full of sh_t in a private message and on the forum and that Shilen would out shoot any other barrel. I reminded him I was very pleased with the 2 I had but they predated the alleged lowered quality. The barrel is a 280 Remington now and it shoots very well and did so right out of the gate.
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Old 12-15-2013, 10:32 AM
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Re: Lija barrels question

Originally Posted by huntthedistance View Post
I just got word that a person has had something like 10-15 barrels go bad that were lija. To me this just does not seem right, and there should be some info here if that is the case. I guess the guns are losing accuracy because the barrels are to soft? I just think I am going to call dan and ask him. This is truly b.s. right?

And what did you find out after the call, so this can be put to rest.

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Old 12-15-2013, 01:48 PM
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Re: Lija barrels question

I have several Lilja barrels along with Broughton, Bartlein, Obermeyer, and Benchmark. I have never had or seen a bad Lilja.I ordered 5 barrels at once from Mr. Lilja and when they were shipped , there was a note that they had to remake one. That barrel came in shortly there after. I was really happy that they cared enough about their customers to not ship a barrel that did not meet their requirements. Most makers will replace a bad barrel, but it is much better to receive a good one from the start. Gary Campbell
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Old 12-15-2013, 03:00 PM
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Re: Lija barrels question

It is weekend and I did not even try to call. I will though.
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Old 12-16-2013, 11:30 AM
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Re: Lija barrels question

From a barrel makers perspective its best to call and find out, speculations just suck!
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