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Old 12-19-2013, 01:00 PM   #1
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Default Red X fluted stainless 16" 1x9 5.56 barrel

I ordered one of these (apparently the last one) from Brownells for a "different" build and the $156. price is right. Is there anyone with actual experience with this maker? I will post results when I decide what components to use and actually fire the rifle.

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Old 12-19-2013, 08:41 PM   #2
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Man you do your research before you purchase it not after . . JK I have no experience with them and for that I dont believe I have heard of them either .

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Never heard of it neither

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Red X does ARs and kits out of MN I think. Never used them, but saw some of their stuff discussed on other boards.

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No research needed, building a rifle for shooting dirt clods at 50 yards and this is the barrel my buddy wanted. I am confident Brownells will not stock poor quality but in the long run I will venture a guess this rifle will not fire 300 rounds in the foreseeable future. May be a moot issue anyway as the "in stock" barrel is on back order.

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Ok here goes, Received the barrel and outwardly I am quite pleased with machining and natural stainless finish, H bar configuration but the flutes lighten it considerably. Built the rifle using Rainier and PSA parts then borrowed YHM sights from another AR and took it out to the windy twenty degree forest for test fire. About 2-3" groups at 25 off hand and hampered by the insulated Carhart suit, rifle functioned without incident through 150 rounds. Next will be actually firing it from a rest and a 50 yard zero to see how it groups, but I am optimistic that it will perform as desired.
Just in case anyone is interested in this Brownell product.

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That's a really nice looking barrel for that price!

I like fluted barrels anyway.

I'd like to find a similar 16" stainless one like that, but with a Wylde chamber and a mid-length gas port.

Hope that one turns out to be accurate.

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BRL, Shot the carbine from a bench at 50 and considering conditions it did very well with touching holes and a flyer keeping groups at 1" to 1 1/2". The wind was blowing like the devil, oh for a calm warm day. I like the rifle well enough that I ordered a PSA upper and lower as well as a 12" Industries Gen 2 SS rail. I will go directly to red X and see if I can get a mid length gas (my favorite) fluted barrel just a little lighter than the H Bar and possibly 1/7 or 1/8 twist. This project reenforces my confidence in Brownells quality products.

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Um yea...it was the wind...

HA!

Brownell's does sell good products but I think that is also a reflection on the quality of the RED X ARMS barrel.

Glad the rifle functioned well for you and better weather would certainly be desirable.

I like to set up my rifles with parts and techniques in an attempt to wring out the full accuracy potential of a given barrel, even if some of my anticipated shooting ranges might be fairly close and informal.

Such things as free-floating the barrel and removing the stress caused by the front sight taper pins, (in favor of set screws) as well as a great trigger and quality optics, etc. can really be helpful in getting those bullets to impact the target close together, no matter what the target distance.

Sounds like you had a pretty good time.

Let us know what you find out about them making a mid-length gas barrel, be great if they did.



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Brl, I used a Geissele SS gas block, Spikes BCG and a MI Gen 2 SS 10" freefloat rail so the barrel is able to flop around without interference. A CMC curved trigger was installed with 3.5# pull. A Magpul Fixed Carbine Stock with an extended butt plate brought the LOP out a half inch. I gave my buddy a different aR as I wish to play with this one some more maybe with a Leupold scope but certainly with the Daniel Defense fixed sights which just arrived. This will not shoot one hole groups for the time being as I am having so much fun loading pulled 147 gr bullets and the accuracy potential is not there. All my AR's are plinkers and a dirt clod or piece of volcanic rock is a neater target for me than punching holes in paper. Wind has died and temp hit 40, unusual for Jan as it should be 4 degrees not 40 :-)

5:00 AM. Had to correct a few things in this response as my brain got parts from two builds a bit mixed ......I cannot seem to leave one of these rifles in a finished state as something new always seems to intrigue me.

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