Glad to hear someone speak good of them that has used them. My 25x284 Ultra lite arms shoot very well. Melvin Forbes only uses them and when i first purchases this gun used i was asking him about them and the guy will get his feelings hurt if you speak bad about them. Price a gun from this man everything custom his tag is around 4-5k he must use douglass for a reason.
+2 My first custom barell was a Douglas air-guage back in 1974. That thing was still shooting lights out 15 years later. Coyote hunting only. Just ordered another Douglas for my new/old .243
I had Douglas barrel and chamber a LH Sako action in .375H&H for me this time last year. Bolted into an HS Precision stock with zero bedding, it shoots 0.8 MOA at 548 yards with the second bullet/powder combination I tried. I am not a benchrester, but, I figured that was good enough for a hunting rifle.
The barrel cleans easy. The price was reasonable. Turnaround time was in the 6 to 8 week range. Considering sending a Rem 700 to Douglas to rebarrel in .300WM for this year's project.
what can anyone tell me about Douglas barrels? any good, junk?
They are not junk, I have one SS barrel in 7stw that shoots better than I can shoot and another on the way in 6.5-06. My gunsmith uses them exclusively unless you want something else. He says they are the best for the money in his opinion for all around use.
That 30br will make a great hunting rifle for sure ,i have a Douglas barrelled -rem. 700 bdl 22-250 built by Micky Coleman .
Micky recommended the douglas XX and it shoots great and cleans up easily .
Mine shoots anything i feed it .
Mickey Coleman used to be in partnership with my gunsmith in Selma, AL. - Jimmy McCullough. They build excellent rifles and I believe Mickey was making his own actions at one time I think.
I have nothing against Douglas barrels but if I'm going to buy a barrel I'd like to know what twist I'm going to get.
If you look at Douglas site under Chambering at the bottom of the page you see they kind of hide this.
NOTE: Our twists are at the whole inch (i.e. 9,10,11, etc.) and tolerance is plus or minus 1/2".
Not sure how they are "hiding" anything if they publish it right on their web site. Every manufacturing process that I am aware of has "tolerances". I would assume that this has to do with the fact that they have to grind a new set of rifling buttons for each new batch of steel that comes in. I am not a barrel maker, but I would expect anyone making button rifled barrels would encounter some minor variations changing from one set of buttons and barrel steel to the next. They are just being up front about it.
BTW, I am getting ready to rebarrel a .30-06. If you have a 10" (+/- 0.5") twist Douglas barrel blank in .308 caliber that you are concerned about, I would be happy to take it off your hands !
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