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Unread 04-15-2010, 10:39 PM
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Douglas Barrels

I have deceided to go for a 22-243 win build and was wondering about Douglas barrels, what can you tell me about them?
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    Unread 04-16-2010, 06:37 AM
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    Re: Douglas Barrels

    Quite a few of the East coast LR br guys are shooting them in their light guns and doing very well. Their largest diameter is 1.25 inches.

    What more do you want?

    BH
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    Unread 04-16-2010, 08:04 AM
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    The last Douglas barrel blank I saw was "rough" turned, not "finish turned & polished" like a Hart or Shilen is. It was rough enough on the outside that the 'finish' polishing was best done by 'smith with the proper equipment. No money saved there. As for the shootabilty, it did well. I'm a firm believer that the barrel fitting (threading, chambering, & crowning), when it comes to the 'old name' custom barrel makers (Douglas, Hart, Krieger, Shilen, ect.), is more important then the brand name. That .22-.243 is an interesting round, especially with a fast twist (1 in 7 or 1 in 8) to shoot those 'heavy for caliber' bullets (70g/90g). I don't see it as any advantage if one just wants to shoot 55g.'ers, the .22/250Ackley will do the same, and, more efficiently. just my 2 cents
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    Unread 04-16-2010, 08:30 AM
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    Re: Douglas Barrels

    I was just looking for some info good or bad they appealed to me for the cost, but Im a firm believer of you get what you pay for, this will be my first custom/wildcat so Im just testing the water so I dont want to spend alot of money on a barrel on a rifle that Im not going to use. It will be a 1-8 twist hopin to shoot 75gr pills. Thanks any more info would be great.
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    Once you start shooting custom chambered custom barrels you'll wonder what's wrong with your other rifles. 20 years ago, when I got hold of my first custom barrel/chambered rifle, I couldn't believe the difference it made. I thought I had some pretty good rifles until then, could always stay 'on par' with the others in the group I shot with. That .22-.243 can be finicky to load for, it took me awhile to find a suitable load for mine. It's a 'blue printed' Rem. SA and wears a Shilen Select Match barrel w/ 1 in 8 twist. Finally settled on the the Sierra 80g. MK as that was where the accuracy is in my rifle, I like RL-22 for propellant. And, I'll whole heartedly agree, you get what you pay for these days. again, just my 2 cents Keep us posted on your build.
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    Unread 04-16-2010, 09:28 AM
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    Re: Douglas Barrels

    Douglas turns out some fine barrels at pretty reasonable prices. My personal best 600 yard score (200x17, the second string was a perfect 100x10) was shot with a Douglas in 6.5-06.

    Just bear in mind what else has been said here, though; barrel quality is important, and you can't chamber up a truly bad barrel well enough to make it shoot great. If it's bad, it's bad. On the flip side, though, you can sure as hell take the best and most accurate barrel ever made, and turn it into a tomato stake by letting the wrong gun plumber. Good quality barrels need to be fitted up by competent gunsmiths, simple as that.

    Kevin Thomas
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    Unread 04-17-2010, 01:22 AM
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    Re: Douglas Barrels

    Thankanas for the replies, still trying to figure out which barrel to go with, not set on a Douglas. The work will be done by a good friend of mine at Onlylongrange.com known him for many years, dont know why I waited till now to do a project, Hope to have it shooting for Montana Antelope season in Oct.
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