Originally Posted by long450
Get the barrel you want! I would go Kreiger if it was me. I would not bother with the AI for the 223 Rem.
Cut barrels give you more options but turn around is longer. Button rifled barrels are fine as long as they are stress releived. Leija would be my first choice for a button rifled.
I love Kreiger tubes plain and simple, long wait though. For 800 bucks I sent them my rifle and they installed the barrel chambered it and blue printed the action.
Lieja would be my second choice and I would imagine a shorter turn around. Some other names are Hart, and Brux. All make excellent barrel and in reality there is no compelling difference other that personal preference.
I can tell you that krieger will sit with on the phone for 45 minutes while you decide on what contour/twist stainless vs chrome that means something to me. I can also tell you that with the bore all marred from using a cheap cleaning rod and 3000 rounds down the barrel in 90 degree heat a Krieger barrel will print a 7/8 group at 185 yards. This tell me two things. They use good steel and KG bore polish works as advertized. Almost zero POI shift from warm or hot bore. Shoots even cheap wal mart ammo at 1.2 MOA
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