Kreiger or Bartlein

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by Old Coach, Jan 13, 2010.

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  1. Old Coach

    Old Coach Well-Known Member

    Jul 6, 2008
    I want to rebbl my 7STW Rem 700 SS
    I have finally decided to go back with the same cal. in a 28" bbl.
    I have narrowed the choices to Kreiger and Bartlein in 5R.
    What twist for 140s?
    Which bbl is better?
    Would you let the bbl maker install the bbl?
    Flutted or not?
    What finish for a hunting rifle?

    Last edited: Jan 13, 2010
  2. Ernie

    Ernie SPONSOR

    Jun 18, 2007
    My Kreiger barrel is the most accurate barrel I have ever had or tied with my current Brux barrel.
    Never used Bartlein though.
  3. zuba

    zuba Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2007
    I think a 9twist would be good, and you could shoot the heavier bullets too... They both make great barrels and are top quality and you wont go wrong with either!
  4. TOM H

    TOM H Well-Known Member

    Dec 24, 2001
    Now that Kreiger is making 5r barrels gunsmith ordered me a 30cal 1/11.25 twist for a 300WSM and I'm having a Bartlein 5r 1/10 twist 7mm for the 280AI.

    I think Bartlein/Kreiger are good barrels and the owners of Bartlein use to work for Kreiger. Bartlein I think is about 6/8 months behind not sure about Kreiger as to them installing barrel never had anything done by either so hard to comment big question would be how long? Kreiger will only do SS starting at # 5 countour above 270 even if you had the barrel fluted 28" long barrel be pretty heavy.

    As to twist I decided on the 1/10 for my next 280AI don't plan on shooting over 150gr bullets. Well good luck
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2010
  5. elkaholic

    elkaholic Official LRH Sponsor

    Dec 4, 2008
    I just ordered a bartlein 5r gainer for my 300 Sherman. Frank, at Bartlein told me that the .308's and 6.5's are 4-5 mo. out and less popular are longer. Everbody knows Kriegers are good, but I've heard some really good things about Bartlein as well. They are an up and comer in the benchrest world. I think a 9 twist would be a good choice and as far as fluted vs non, it depends on how important weight is to you. I know "none" of the benchresters use fluted barrels and I've heard that there is always potential for warping if the process isn't done correctly. Probably splitting hairs as far as a hunting rifle goes? Good luck with your project.....Rich