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Shilen Barrel ?

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Unread 09-11-2006, 09:10 AM
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Shilen Barrel ?

I am thinking about another rifle barrel. I can get a Shilen in Match Grade ( NOT SELECT )for $160. Does anyone have any results with these barrels?

I already have Krieger for serious work and would like something to shoot without burning up the Krieger at short range.

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    Unread 09-11-2006, 01:53 PM
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    Re: Shilen Barrel ?

    My understanding after touring the factory is that the only difference is that the non match shilen barrels are not air gauged. Potentially you could end up with a real shooter. I could be way off base though.
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    I use to install lots of Shilen barrels, i never had one that would not shoot. The difference is like what Waffen said, if you order a super match grade, they simply air gauge 5 bbls and give you the best one. I dont like this system to pay more for somthing you may luck out getting. I stopped using Shilen barrels for mostly this reason. If you order a top grade bbl, there shouldn't be a need to grade them. In my opinon they should all be tested for quality, the barrels that dont meet the standards should not be sold. But like i said, i never had a bad barrel.
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    Re: Shilen Barrel ?

    Thanks Waffen and Black Diamond 408 [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

    Since Shilen barrels are button rifled, did you lap them in or did you have your clients shoot them in?

    I'll give it a try, after all it is only $160, plus my labor in chambering and crowning...which I enjoy anyway.

    Thanks,

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    Re: Shilen Barrel ?

    They were just shot in, i wouldn't sell or buy a barrel that needs lapping.
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    Re: Shilen Barrel ?

    My .300 Win Mag is on a Shilen and was shot in carefully.

    It shoots well, but if I had to complain, it has a spot about 1/4 to 1/3 way down the tube about 6" long that fouls noticeably more than the rest - and always has.

    You can easily feel how "sticky" the patch is when you clean past there, but once you clean it it feels smooth as the rest.

    Like I said though - shoots well.
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    Re: Shilen Barrel ?

    Thanks everyone, I bought the barrel and hopefully will machine it and shoot it in next few weeks. I will report my results....

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