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Mike Rock or Lothar Walther? >> For .308

 
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Old 10-08-2003, 11:00 PM
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Re: Mike Rock or Lothar Walther? >> For .308

The Walther match barrels are good, but are produced in a uncommon steel which does give some gunsmiths fits...considered by some to be a superior barrel steel. I researched the steel once and it's proprietary made in europe.
You will not go wrong with a Rock barrel. I had one of his 5R (radus land to groove juncture) barrels (Stoner SR-25) and was impressed.
Myself....I would get the Rock barrel.

Paul
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Old 10-09-2003, 03:25 AM
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Re: Mike Rock or Lothar Walther? >> For .308

I hate to say things this way but, here goes. When it comes to custom barrels like the two that you have mentioned, there both are going to be excelant shooters. The barrel harmonics are going to have to be tuned so to speak. What I mean is your are going to have to do load developement. Once you have found the right bullet, brass,powder charge.Then the only question after all of that is can you shoot to the level of the rifle. The majority of shooters that get custom rifles are not capable of shooting it to the level of the rifle. Back to your question pick one which ever it is shoot it untill you need a new barrel then if you weren't happy with the one you had buy the other.
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Old 10-09-2003, 05:53 AM
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Re: Mike Rock or Lothar Walther? >> For .308

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5R barrels- The "R" stands for Russian, not radius. The land/groove junction is not radiused but at an angle.
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Old 10-09-2003, 07:36 AM
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Re: Mike Rock or Lothar Walther? >> For .308

Chris
Thanks for the correction....it's the best way I could think to describe it.

Paul
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Old 10-09-2003, 11:57 PM
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Re: Mike Rock or Lothar Walther? >> For .308

Chris,
Whether the "R" stands for Russian, Radius or Raped-Ape, I believe that Mike's barrels are as good as they come. We are shooting Rocks a lot these days in a big bullet test and the barrels are shooting sub-1/2" with consistency - if we hold the rifle decent. Plus they clean up with no effort at all.

Last week Mike's barrels accounted for several +500 yard kills on mule deer, plus one at over 700. My buddy Wayne (George and Marty know him) shoots a 26" Mike Rock barrel on his custom Rem. and I hunted with the very evil ROCK. Tell George that my "ROCK-rifle" just keeps piling them up. The ROCK placed a 150 grain Hornady Interbond right behind the shoulder of a small mule deer fawn last week at 520 yards in very substantial wind. This was during a CWD cull hunt. The ROCK is going culling again next week, more mulies will be biting the dust. The fawns are edible without testing, apparently they cannot have CWD but the gov't wants them shot to reduce deer numbers.

As mentioned, Mike is a very good guy, one of the most dedicated people I have ever met. He is completely passionate about his trade, "art" would probably be a more correct term. I believe the same can be said about Danny Lilja, another very fine person and superb craftsman. They are unique individuals - seems that runs in the barrel making fraternity.
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