Important life decision.

Discussion in 'Equipment Discussions' started by hefty, May 14, 2019.

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  1. hefty

    hefty New Member

    May 14, 2019
    I'm just getting into Long Range. I have been using a .308 but I'm putting together a purpose built rifle in 264 Win Mag or 26 Nosler.

    What I'm contemplating is is who to buy the barrel from. I could get an E.R. Shaw barrel and install it myself or I go with a Krieger or Lilja blank and have the local smith install it. The blank would be a much better barrel and I prefer to have a smith do this stuff.

    On the other hand... The money I save with the E.R. Shaw barrel could get me a nice trigger or stock. I also might burn through this barrel at the range as I'm new to Long Range Shooting.
    It's going on a savage 116 small shank action.
    Thanks in advance for advice.
  2. adk hunter

    adk hunter Well-Known Member

    Apr 1, 2018
    I feel gunsmiths are like Dr's and dentists. Highly skilled and trained pros. They do what they do everyday to tolerances you can't even see. I keep my cutting and drilling skills to home repairs. Either barrel will be great. I have a lilja will out shoot my skills so far.
  3. KyCarl

    KyCarl Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

    May 10, 2017
    I have been happy with Bartlein barrels! I would get it fitted and chambered
    by the best smith you can find!
    Dialing Long Distance likes this.
  4. cohunt

    cohunt Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2016
    The title of this thread sparked my interest
  5. Salmonchaser

    Salmonchaser Well-Known Member

    Nov 8, 2018
    What ADK said. When I was on the job I went to every armorers school I could sign up for. My shop is a home improvement project dream. I can cut a piece of clear cedar three times and it’s still to ---- short.
    Find a good Smith.
  6. Don A Parsons

    Don A Parsons Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2016
    Black Magic man B Jury...

    And his products are very affordable with the high Usd dollars...

    He's can make anything and everything... We use his barrels for F Class shooting...

    Deadly accurate fore sure.
  7. tankgijohn72

    tankgijohn72 Well-Known Member

    Feb 11, 2014
    If you understand headspace and have bench vice and wrench then you are good to go. Remove ejector, close bolt on go gauge, screw barrel until touching go gauge. Install barrel nut to recommended torque. Remove go gauge. Insert no go gauge. If you cannot close the bolt you are good, if you can close the bolt you have excessive headspace and need to recheck your work.

    I have 26 nosler er shaw accuracy barrel on a 116 savage. Consistent shooter. Got a mule deer at 700 yds this year. Sub minute, 3450 with 127 Barnes lrx and retumbo. If you plan to shoot it a lot, go with the 264 WM. The nosler is awesome, but hard on the throat. If you plan to hunt with it and shoot 30-40 rounds a year, no issue. If you intend to shoot 400-500 rounds a year you will need to rebarrel in a couple years or sooner. I got one of their muzzle brakes installed. Not really needed, save your money. The recoil with the accuracy barrel is quite manageable.
  8. ntsqd

    ntsqd Well-Known Member

    Nov 16, 2015
    I installed a Pac-Nor 6BR barrel in a Savage. Bought the head-space gauges & barrel nut wrench from Brownell's. Really isn't all that difficult if you're reasonably mechanically inclined. For a LR build I'd look at some of the PTG Tool offerings for squaring/truing things up while you've got it apart.