Originally Posted by ovastafford
Thanks for all the info guys. So correct me if Im wrong. Both types shoot great obviously but you are more apt to have stress issues with a button rifled barrel but they last longer than a cut rifled? Also with cut rifled barrels your more likely to get the exact twist that you want than with a button rifled?
Some yes and some no.
You have to understand that you can get a turd with either. I dont concider button barrels to be apt to more stress issues in the final product. If there are any stress issues they dont manifest themselves on the accuracy or consistency end of things. When it comes to twist, my opinion is that if you order a 11 twist with a button barrel you get just that. An 11 twist. With modern materials, tools and techniques it will be a VERY precise 11 twist. With cut rifle barrels you can order an 11.26 twist and get an 11.26 twist if that suits your fancy. This is because they can just change the gears on the equipment to accomodate. For you to get an 11.26 twist in a button barrel a whole new button has to be made just for one barrel which is time consuming, costly and not neccesary. Also some cut barrel makers cant get a specifec twist completely accurate. If you order a 10x you may get a 10.2 or a 9.8x. The upper end cut barrel makers dont have this issue. You are correct that button barrels (at least seem) last longer than cut.
Bottom line is when you deal with an upper end barrel manufacturer, you will get an accurate and consistent barrel. Pick one and be happy as well as shoot with confidence.