ok i have finally started aquiring parts to build my mauser action rifle, and since everyone said use a better barrel than the douglas i have been looking, and found i could get a Shilen blank in the contour and twist i want at a fair price. how does the Shilen match barrel compare to the Douglas XX Premium grade barrel? just so you know the rifle will be chambered in 30 '06AI, 26" #4 taper 10 twist.
Daniel J. Ludwig
Shilen's are good barrels. You have the start to a nice rifle. Kyle Brown has the 10 shot 1000 yard group world record. Shot with a 6BR in a Shilen barrel, so I guess they can be good. [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
The Shilen barrel is better than the Douglas in what i have seen , but personaly I'd go with a Pac-nor if your wanting a cheaper barrel than say a Hart , Rock, or Kreiger.
The PAc-Nor will be cheaper than the Shilen and just as good of quality if not better in my oppinion and you can get a 3 groove barrel which will not foul as fast as the 8 groove Shilen
Prices start at $180 for a standard match grade CM barrel and go up to $240 for a super match stainless barrel
If you get a Shilen barrel make sure it is a Shilen "Select Match" barrel and not a Match barrel. The standard match barrels have good bore finishes but are not top quality in consistancy. The Select Match barrels are the best barrels Shilen puts out.
I would say the Shilen Select Match and the Douglas "Air Gauged" Premium Barrels are basically equal in quality.
I would not class then with the Lilja, Kreiger or Hart barrels but they are quality barrels and the ones I have fitted and shot shoot well. They will generally shoot as well as the rifle is fitted.
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