help choosing a barrel

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by CaseyChadwell, Dec 17, 2014.

  1. CaseyChadwell

    CaseyChadwell New Member

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    Ok, here's my dilemma...I recently traded my way into another AR rifle...they're addicting and I've owned many over the years. This rifle is a home built job with an Anderson lower and a ptac upper. The upper is a 16 inch heavier SS barrel mid length. Now because in my head I'm the best shot in the entire world and can kill a coyote at 600 yards, open sights and with an AR I think I may need a barrel that is of better quality (I hope you all can read the sarcasm there). What I'm thinking is a 18-20" barrel, non stainless with a hbar contour. It will be used mainly for fun and plinking, but I do have some local farmers who are wanting me to shoot some coyotes on their farm, so it'll be used for that too. My question is this: what is a barrel that will get me shooting moa from a bench in 18-20" length with a hbar contour that also won't break the bank. I'm wanting to wait till after Christmas, so that my budget will be more. However, I am wanting to keep the price as low as possible because I also want to purchase a heavy barreled 308 soon too. Are there any good options out there for a barrel that meets my requirements for around $200...give or take 50 bucks or so...? I have a feeling I may be asking for too much, and if so point me in a good direction of a good barrel...please.
     
  2. hardluk1

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    Only MOA !! How about you pull the hand guard you have now and let use know what make it is along with the twist. maybe a photo . I use a 16" Criterion , mid weight hybrid mid length gas system and a chrome air gauged bore with a 223 wylde chamber It will shoot sub moa with wolf gold 55gr ammo and a good scope I use for testing . Swap to a federal 223 69gr nation match ammo and groups drop to 5/8 inch 5 shot groups.

    Heres the brand brand I used . The 18" can be is a rifle length system and the hbar profile you want I like the lighter hrbrid profile myself

    http://www.brownells.com/rifle-part...els/ar15-m16-criterion-barrels-prod54733.aspx

    Kreiger owns Criterion and is a button rifled barrel . Can be found in SS and corbon steel . Good enough to long rang matchs in many rifle design . Spend a few minutes do some google searchs

    FULTON ARMORY has the best selection too. http://www.fulton-armory.com/ar-15-barrels.aspx
     
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  3. CaseyChadwell

    CaseyChadwell New Member

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    Sorry, the barrel is a ptac barrel. Its bigger than the hbar barrel, but I wouldn't really call it a bull barrel. I'll post a pic as well, but as of now I have a removable carry handle on it. I think the only picture I have has a red dot on it. The barrel twist is 1/7...I was thinking I'd like a 1/8 twist rate...
     

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  4. CaseyChadwell

    CaseyChadwell New Member

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    And I have googled and googled and googled until I can't Google no more. :) I decided to ask live people than to keep googling. :) thanks for all the help you've given and any more help that may come my way.
     
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    I am also getting away from the collapsible stock. I want an a2 fixed on there. I have someone giving me a stripped upper, so I am going to put this barrel on it and build up a plinking gun. Just wanting a decent longerish range coyote semi auto.
     
  6. Triumphman

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    I know that FN is now selling to public, DPMS may have what you need. Their barrels are high quality for accuracy(non-lined), but don't know what profiles they have as it's been quite awhile since I've looked. Green Mountain, BCM, White Oak, Shilen may also have something, not knowing what/where you've looked.
     
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    The one PTAC example I have handled was not super impressive however it shot ok on 100 yard targets with GI ammo. Have you wrung out the SS barrel to see if it has any potential? At least you would know how it will perform if built into another rifle.
     
  9. CaseyChadwell

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    At this point from the bench and a lead sled I'm getting over an inch at 60 yards so it'll make a fun gun for the kiddos to learn on, but won't meet my criteria for making an "ultra pro hunting sniping one million yard coyote killer". But, for the kids to waste my hard earned money on ammo on, it'll work out splendid! :)
     
  10. hardluk1

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    Over an inch at 60 yards ? I see that others have Pitched a fit with PSA and have got'n exchanges for FN uppers less bolts . Might be worth a try. Still mill spec so can't expect great accuracy but should a ragged holer with a better barrel. My 9 years old grand son sat down at my ar a while back for the first time and proceeded to shoot a 5/8" group at 50 yards off only a front rifle rest first time out and had his dad and me looking at each other in amassment . Good crisp trigger and a criterion barrel with wolf gold ammo .
     
  11. fsted2a

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    When you go to purchase your .308, I suggest you get one that is DPMS compatible. More parts available for DPMS .308's than any other brand system.
     
  12. CaseyChadwell

    CaseyChadwell New Member

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    I am going to get a 308 bolt action heavy barrel. I couldn't afford to shoot a semi auto 308. :) I'd get too excited and the next thing ya know bills wouldn't be paid!!!
     
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    I guess it's a good thing they don't make a slide fire for them then :D