Re: Shilen barrel question
Midway can get the barrels cheaper fom Shilen because they are buying ten or twenty or whatever at a whack, whereas you would only be putting in an order tio Shilen for one. That being said shilen produces two grades of barrels, match and select match grades, they are not seconds or anything like that, midway simply makes a big order and gets a better deal so don't let that discourage you. I have three Shilen select match barrels and have had excellent results with each of them. They are very accurate and clean up easily due to the hand lapping process they undergo. The exterior finish on these barrels is a little rough and will require polishing or bead blasting to get your desired finish, no big deal really, and does not bear on the interior finish whatever. If midway has the barrel you want in stock, jump on it before someone else does and you have to wait to get one.