Best barrel for your $$$

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by vicious7mm, Dec 11, 2013.

  1. vicious7mm

    vicious7mm Member

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    hey guys was wanting some imput on what the best barrel would be for a 7mm rem mag or what the best barrel for the money would be??? thanks!
     
  2. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    Whatever your smith can get you cheapest. My smith gets a huge discount on Douglas barrels because he's used them since they got started 50+ years ago, and he says they're the only barrel mfg that will truly warranty a barrel and stick to their lifetime satisfaction guarantee, no matter how many rounds have been fired through it for the life of the original purchaser. He'll order you whatever you want to pay for, but he gets the biggest price cuts on Douglas.

    You can get Shilen blanks fairly cheap as well, if you're looking for chrome-moly barrels. Any stainless steel barrel blank will run you $300 and goes up from there. And that's $300 not including smith work (chambering, threading, cutting, crowning, fitting, etc...)

    If you just want to go cheap, or are on a tight budget, go find you a new factory take-off barrel for $100 and have it installed.
     

  3. MTBULLET

    MTBULLET Well-Known Member

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    sorry, but that's like asking "what's the best tire".
    ALL the major Mfg.'s are good.
    Trust your gun builder.
     
  4. Jcub

    Jcub Well-Known Member

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    Couldn't say it any better. A custom bbl is a custom bbl. I currently have a Shilen and am very pleased with it. It all depends on who puts it on though.
     
  5. B23

    B23 Well-Known Member

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    I've been hearing a lot of good things about Benchmark Barrels. Was told they are a couple guys that used to work for Lilja but I don't know that for a fact.

    For what it's worth they have a "group buy" for this site's members going on right now and I believe I read it's only about a 6 week wait time to get barrels. I've thought about ordering a couple just to have on hand for that next new build or re-barrel.
     
  6. crankshaft

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    Shaw.
     
  7. Edd

    Edd Well-Known Member

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    I would buy a Bartlein, Brux, or Krieger.
     
  8. LRH3006

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    I have nothing good to say about Benchmark. I had one of their barrels and ended up replacing it because it wouldn't shoot very well. They wouldn't do anything about it.
     
  9. gebhardt02

    gebhardt02 Well-Known Member

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    Bartlein and Krieger have both treated me very well. Bartlein recently replaced a barrel for me that seemed to wear out extremely quickly, even though it is in a barrel burner cartridge, the .243 Win. Both of these companies produce outstanding barrels that are as accurate as I can shoot so I'll continue to use their products. I'll also be trying out some Hawk Hill barrels in the very near future so I'm excited to see how these shoot also. And yeah, the single Brux barrel I had shot as well as my Krieger and Bartleins have.

    Geb
     
  10. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    Tell me more about these Hawk Hill barrels...I've never heard of them? Are they new on the block?
     
  11. jfseaman

    jfseaman Well-Known Member

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    It's the one that makes you happy.
     
  12. GNERGY

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    It also depends on how long you want to wait to build your rifle. Some places like Brunos carries Krieger barrels in stock and if he doesn't have it when you call he will probably be getting it in a couple weeks. He has barrel coming in all the time. If you order a barrel from a manufacturer you are going to wait a long time. There are other places that stock barrels, just do your research.
    Tarey
     
  13. gebhardt02

    gebhardt02 Well-Known Member

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    Here is the link for Hawk Hill: Hawk Hill Custom - Hawk Hill Custom A good friend of mine has been using these barrels for a couple years now and reports great accuracy. I trust his opinion so am going to try them out this next competition season. I'm not sure how long they've been making barrels and full custom rifles though.

    Geb
     
  14. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

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    I've used several of each Brux, Benchmark and Kreiger, and one each of Hart and Broughton in the last few months.
    For the money and the finished product the Benchmarks are giving me warm fuzzy feelings as do the Harts.
    I just received another Benchmark last night!