Originally Posted by wilderness_dreamer
Thank you all for your sharing your thoughts and opinions. After all these years of shooting, it still shoots fairly well.
then here's a thought:
order yourself a barrel that you want now as the prices will only increase as time goes on. choose either chrome moly or stainless, pick your twist rate (10T for 270), get it in a contour similar to your factory barrel, which is usually a sporter #3 where it will finish at 24" long. stick that tube in the safe and use it in the future when the time comes.
if you haven't thought about makers, I like the following:
cut rifle: Krieger, Bartlein, Brux, Obermeyer, Rock. I'd shoot any of them.
button rifle: Hart, Lilja, Shilen, Broughton.
Criterion barrels are button rifled and are or were owned by Krieger. Those are the barrels you'll find on factory Weatherby Mark rifles sold by Thompson Long range, etc.
I like the 5R or 5C style rifling.