where to buy barrels...

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by Rem700, May 3, 2012.

  1. Rem700

    Rem700 Well-Known Member

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    My last three rifles i had built wear shilen barrels. I bought them from a shilen distributor "the barrelman". And his prices were way cheaper than anybodies that i could find. But i've been thinking about building a 6.5x284 and wanted to try a different barrel company. And was wondering where you buy your barrels and get the best price?gun)
     
  2. MOOSE39465

    MOOSE39465 Well-Known Member

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    Bugholes.com I bought a barrel from here good to deal with.
    Third Generation shooters supply
    Bruno shooters supply

    Just to name 3
     

  3. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    When I am in a hurry I try Brownells or Midway because if they have it you will get it in
    4 or 5 days.

    If I have time to schedule the barrel I like to order it from the manufacture of choice.

    In ether case I only use there top of the line barrel to avoid any problems. (You pay a little
    more, But after spending the money for a custom rifle there is no reason to take a chance
    on a "so so" barrel.

    Read as much as you can on the acceptance tolerance of each barrel and decide base on that
    not cost.

    J E CUSTOM
     
  4. Rem700

    Rem700 Well-Known Member

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    But there is no, this barrel (i.e...hart) is better than the rest? It's more of, one may not lose accuracy as soon as others?
     
  5. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    I hate to pick 1 best barrel, But being as you ask I have a quality, performance,accuracy,
    breakin and longest lasting list In the order of what "I" like and I am sure others list
    of favorites will vary but here goes.

    1- Lilja
    2- Kriger
    3- Hart
    4- Shillen
    5- Brux

    With The others not listed, I have had mixed results and there are a few I will not use at all !!!
    And I will not name them because others may have had good luck with them.

    My preference is Stainless all though sometimes I do use Chrome Molly per request or for special
    needs.

    Stainless seems to last much longer than Chrome Molly.

    Just my opinion

    J E CUSTOM
     
  6. GNERGY

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    Brunos always has Krieger barrels in stock, and if he doesn't have what you are looking for, he will probably have it in a couple days. I think he has some kind of revolving order with them.
    Tarey
     
  7. shortgrass

    shortgrass Well-Known Member

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    When one speaks of items that are in great demand, like custom barrels are,,,,,,,, where you "get the best price" shouldn't even be a consideration! Call in and order from your barrel maker of choice, order the contour and twist you want, pay retail, and wait!
     
  8. Rem700

    Rem700 Well-Known Member

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    When i bought my last shilen, i got a ss match figuring that since i don't shoot competition, i wouldn't see a difference in group size between it and the select match barrel. But all three of my shilens (2 SS & 1 moly) group .2 or less @ 100yds, so far my thought seems to holding true or is just luck? It's not that i'm trying to be cheap by getting a shilen. When i got my first barrel i got what i was told to buy but it shoots. It out shoots both mine and my buddy's 6br right now. After that it was, if it works don't change it. But it seems like there is as many guys using shilen, so I'm wondering if I'm missing the boat on something.
     
  9. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    Shilen is one of the barrel makers that have different grades of barrels, so when you order
    a select match it has to be within the select match quality specifications.

    If you order a Match grade it doesent have to be any better than there Match grade requirements.
    but sometimes if they dont have a match grade barrel they may substitute a Select Match in order
    to fill the order.

    So you may have been lucky and got a better barrel than you ordered.

    I once ordered a Select match barrel in 416 from them and they though I was crazy for wanting
    a select match for a dangerous game rifle. I explained to them that this was an experimental
    (Wildcat) round and I wanted to give it the best chance I could. Shilen said they had never made
    a select match barrel over .375 but they would do it. and in there behalf they did, even though
    it took 3 tries before it fell within the select match specs.

    As a results, it holds my personal best group record of .031 @ 100 yards. so you do get what you
    pay for. (Most of the time).

    The difference between select match and match in tolerances is not very much but I am willing
    to pay a little more for the best barrel I can buy and considering the cost of a custom rifle,
    it is minuscule.

    Even the best barrel maker occasionally make a poor shooting barrel, but if you by there best
    the chances are slim to none that will happen.

    J E CUSTOM