Mcgowen and shillen questions

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by coloradoultramag, Sep 15, 2008.

  1. coloradoultramag

    coloradoultramag Well-Known Member

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    I had a guy tell me that Mcowen barrels are made to the same tolerences as shillen Select Match grade barrels. I thought mcgowen barrels were made to .003 and shillen select match grade were made to .001. So I would think that the shillen would be at least a little more acurate than the mcgowen. Am I wrong. Are there other things to consider when decideing what custom barrel to buy other than .002 of an inch?

    Thanks again for all the great advice, Gabe
     
  2. Ernie

    Ernie SPONSOR

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    Gabe,
    I would just give McGowan a call and ask them.
    I have heard some very good things about their barrels accuracy wise.
    I will be wringing some their barrels out myself around the first of the year.
     

  3. gamedog

    gamedog Well-Known Member

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    I'd bet ya a barrel you wouldn't tell a difference behind the trigger:D
     
  4. coloradoultramag

    coloradoultramag Well-Known Member

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    Let me clarify, I have heard great things about both barrels too.
     
  5. lazylabs

    lazylabs Well-Known Member

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    Shilen select match is .0003 not .003. I couldn't find a spec for McGowen.
     
  6. Black Diamond 408

    Black Diamond 408 Well-Known Member

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    The McGowen barrels i have recieved are very good quality. i would rate them with a Shilen.
     
  7. 6mm Shooter

    6mm Shooter Well-Known Member

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    I have had 5 Shilen and 2 McGowen barrels. I have had problems with a few of the Shilens and both of the McGowens are great.
     
  8. zuba

    zuba Well-Known Member

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    I am very pleased with my Mcgowen
     
  9. uncleB

    uncleB Well-Known Member

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    I have only owned 1 McGowen barrel (a 6mm 1-10" twist) that was made 20 years ago. It could have just been a fluke or the quality control has had a major overhaul in the last 2 decades, but the 1 McGowen barrel that I did own was neck and neck with the 2002 Suzuki RM 125 that I bought for my son as being the 2 most HEINOUS purchases I have ever made, for the small ammount of money it will cost you just buy a Krieger and you wont have any problems IMO.
    UB
     
  10. Ernie

    Ernie SPONSOR

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    UB,
    There has been a complete change as far as the one who is at the wheel now-new ownership and staff.
     
  11. Black Diamond 408

    Black Diamond 408 Well-Known Member

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    To be fair to McGowen barrels, this is not the same company, it was bought out and moved back west. The original barrels made excellent jack handles. They kept the name but they are made to todays exacting tollerances. When i found out they were under new ownership i called and talked to Jon about his products, i ordered several in differnt cals to test, they worked just as good as any other. My 375 snipetac will hold .5 moa at 700yds, my Lawton and Rock barrels do the same. The McGowen barrel through the break in process was cleaning up after 5 shots. I was very impressed. Exterior finish is very nice and fluting was good, i would of liked a bit deeper flutes. I liked the fast turn around time, 3 weeks. This however might not last if they start getting reconized.

    Dave
     
  12. RockyMtnMT

    RockyMtnMT Official LRH Sponsor

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    McGowen has new ownership in the last year or so. They moved all the machines up here to Kalispell MT. When I ordered a barrel from them I got to tour their shop. They have one goal, to be the best barrel maker around. They are all about doing it right, and making sure that we are happy with their product. I am very happy with my dealings with them, and I will use them again.

    Steve