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Old 12-12-2013, 06:28 PM   #1
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Im working on my second ar build an im on the fence about what barrel to get. It will either be18in or 20 an 556 chambering. I want both max accuracy an reliability.. Also a long barrel life. My max price is around 250. Anyone have any experience on either barrel?? Thanks

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Accuracy-lean toward stainless
Reliability- lean toward Chrome lining (but mostly for harsh conditions.)
Barrel life-Lean toward Chromed

Looks like two points for chrome.


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Get stainless, good accuracy and you will never wear it out, even come with a grey-black coating if desired.
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I use stainless for all my varmit builds. These are 500 yard plus minute of prarie rat accurate.Chrome lasts great but accuracy suffers a little too much for my standards.

PS 1/8 223 wylde and 20"+ goes without saying.
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SS- is ideal for slower fire precision shooting.
CL- fits best for rapid fire, heavy use, and will tolerate more abuse.

For precision you might look into something along the lines of an 18"/1:8 twist/.223 Wylde stainless barrel.
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what kind of groups are you looking for?

1-2 inch groups at 100 yards? Chrome.

Under 1" groups at 100 yards? Stainless.

What kind of distance are you shooting?

300 yards? You're good with 16"
400 to 500? You're good with 18....
500 up? look at a 20"

The best compromise in accuracy and durability would be a melonited barrel. (FNC Ferratic Nitro Carburization) Fairly new to the scene, there aren't too many out there. My friend has had a lot of love for his ar15performance 20". Great price too.
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Get stainless, good accuracy and you will never wear it out, even come with a grey-black coating if desired.
Never say never.

If this is a high volume shooter, and he is tracking accuracy, it may display a loss of accuracy after about 10,000 rounds. For three gun match shooters that could be a few years.

Service rifle match shooters often swap stainless barrels at the 10,000 round mark as well.

Most typical shooters though, you are probably right, and they will never shoot enough rounds to notice.
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I use stainless for all my varmit builds. These are 500 yard plus minute of prarie rat accurate.Chrome lasts great but accuracy suffers a little too much for my standards.

PS 1/8 223 wylde and 20"+ goes without saying.
I would like to stick with 556 so my opinions aren't limited. My shtf ammo is 556 62grain green tip.
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Never say never.

If this is a high volume shooter, and he is tracking accuracy, it may display a loss of accuracy after about 10,000 rounds. For three gun match shooters that could be a few years.

Service rifle match shooters often swap stainless barrels at the 10,000 round mark as well.

Most typical shooters though, you are probably right, and they will never shoot enough rounds to notice.
I've heard around 30,000 rounds for stainless an 40 plus for chrome lined. My 16in barrel on my mud ar is chrome molly an its been great so far with a ball park estiment between 5000 an 6000 round with no lost accuracys.. I do shoot wolf an tula from time to time. I want this next build to be low maintenance as far as cleaning..
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Never say never.

If this is a high volume shooter, and he is tracking accuracy, it may display a loss of accuracy after about 10,000 rounds. For three gun match shooters that could be a few years.

Service rifle match shooters often swap stainless barrels at the 10,000 round mark as well.

Most typical shooters though, you are probably right, and they will never shoot enough rounds to notice.
Accuracy does matter to me. I do alot of bench shooting so I would probably notice the difference in accuracy vs chrome lined an ss. My 16in with a stag upper an olympic lower an olympic barrel that is chrome molly can achieve 1 moa at 100 yards. I have gotin sub moa on rare occasions.. I think im leaning toward ss.


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