Barrels...

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by DickTheNickhead, Jun 22, 2013.

  1. DickTheNickhead

    DickTheNickhead New Member

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    Looking for a good barrel...

    Which companies make some good ones..

    I've been looking at some bravo company uppers and had a hard time choosing between their ss410 and their CFH barrels

    But who else makes some high quality barrels/uppers?
     
  2. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    DTN,

    It is important to choose a company that has a reputation for good barrels. Just had a guy that had purchased a barrel from a vendor that is relatively new. The barrel was undersized and this created a problem with the Weaver Type Gas block because of the under tolerance and gas was leaking causing the weapon to malfunction due to loss of gas.

    There are many companies out there but if you can find out who actually makes their barrels that is the key. I would suggest that you find a company that uses Wilson Arms Barrel Company's Barrels. This is not Wilson Combat it is Wilson Barrel Company of Branford CT. I know for a fact and experience they make some of the finest and most accurate barrels in the industry. I know Rock River Arms, Stag Arms and others use their barrels and a couple of other sources for them are Hilltop Guns Inc. and M&A Parts all of Illinois has them available. You can expect the Wilson Arms 16" barrels to shoot sub MOA groups at 100 and the Varmint and NM Barrels to shoot 1/2 MOA or better. Not to mention Wilson has been building high quality barrels for the industry for years and knows their stuff. All have websites to contact them. Also Stay Safe LLC out of Amarillo Texas carries them and other high quality barrels. Some are the designed exterior models with the cool design cuts on the barrel itself.

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  3. kryptar19

    kryptar19 New Member

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    JMO

    Best: Wilson Arms (not Wilson Combat)
    Shillen
    Accuracy International

    Best for price: PSA
    Daniel Defense
     
  4. TexasGunner

    TexasGunner New Member

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    I just bought a Rainier Arms Ultra Match barrel which is made from a Shillen blank. I can't wait to get all of my parts in to get this one put together and shoot it! (14 1/2 - 300 AAC Blackout with Seekins Precision Muzzle Break) Oh by the way Rainier Arms ship incredibly fast if they have it in stock.



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  5. AgentTikki

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    Precision shooting barrels:

    Noveske
    Rainer Arms Match or Ultra Match
    Black Hole Weaponry
    JP Enterprises
    Kreiger
    Lil'ja
    Ar15performance

    There are many many more. Hope that helps ya.
     
  6. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    In order of quality krieger, white oak, wilson, shilen, fn.

    There are damn few actual barrel makers. Companies like noveske, jp black hole bcm etc arent barrel makers they order barrels from the above and then cut the chambers to finish length or order them already made.

    Im pretty convinced bcm sources from fn and krieger.
     
  7. Quentin

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    I suspect the same thing, at least FN for their chrome lined barrels. BCM won't disclose their source though but FN makes sense since they're milspec. PSA and Spikes come right out and say their milspec barrels are FN.
     
  8. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    Gunner,

    That is one good looking barrel!

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  9. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    Fn is also the only people in the us that have equipment to produce hammer forged barrels as far as im aware
     
  10. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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    Daniel Defense does CHF barrels in house but I can't think of others off hand. No doubt it's rare in the US.
     
  11. Ultimate_sig

    Ultimate_sig New Member

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    Check out the guys at legion firearms. These guys came up with a hex fluted barrel. Watch the YouTube video on them as well. This barrel can take the beating of an AK and still fire like a champ. They dropped it in the mid and fired it immediately and the water vaper evaporated and the dirt flaked off.
     
  12. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    I seriously doubt they crankout any barrels from a block of steel. They may do it from a blank that has already been cut annd rifled but making a barrel from scratch is a whole other animal.
     
  13. Ultimate_sig

    Ultimate_sig New Member

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    That's how all manufactures do it. There's about 4 different companies that make actual barrels that are blank and unchambered. And all the other guys mold them. Kinda like 80% recivers
     
  14. EW1066

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    Daniel Defense does indeed make their CHF barrels in house. They start with a solid steel blank. It is then gun drilled. They then insert a mandrel with a negative impression of the desired rifling into the blank and into the forge it goes.

    Beginning to end. All in house

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  15. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    thats cool. those hammer forge machines arent cheap either which is why almost no one uses em even thought they make pretty good barrels.
     
  16. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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    https://danieldefense.com/about-daniel-defense

     
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    I love everything I've received from BCM (about 6 uppers, with accompanied BCGs and CHs). So consider me a biased BCM homer.

    You can pay quite a bit more. And with ample skill, you may prove that the barrel/upper you paid hundred$ more for was worth it. I can't outshoot BCM's quality. BMC and PSA are my go-to manufacturers when it comes to ARs builds. Always great quality at a fair price.