Opinions/advice on my barrel selection

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by AKFLshooter, Nov 1, 2012.

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  1. AKFLshooter

    AKFLshooter Well-Known Member

    Oct 15, 2012
    Well, after much thought and research this is what I'm thinking for the barrel on my 270 wsm build:

    Lilja stainless
    Length: 26" fluted
    Contour: #6 standard (approx .750" diameter at the muzzle)
    Twist: 1 in 9
    Grooves: 6

    I plan on running Matrix VLD hunting bullets in 165 or 175 grains, and possibly the Berger 170 grainers once they're available. The longer heavier bullets is why I decided on the faster twist and 6 grooves.

    The rifle will be used for both bench/target and hunting purposes. Does anyone have any input or suggestions they would like to offer before I go forward with the order? This is my first build and I am fairly new to the long range/accuracy world so any input is appreciated. Thanks in advance!
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2012

    FEENIX Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2008
    You won't be disappointed! I have a Lilja barrel for my .270 AI (http://www.longrangehunting.com/forums/f22/my-budget-270-ai-97745/), except mine is 3-groove, 1:8, and 30". I am still fire-forming to AI but am very please thus far.

    I addition with .270 AI owners (some of which are LRH members), I consulted heavily with my gunsmith, Dan Lilja, and Marshal Ambrose (Matrix) before committing on my project.


    Good luck!