Red X fluted stainless 16" 1x9 5.56 barrel

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by Ibmikey, Dec 19, 2013.

  1. Ibmikey

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    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.
     
  2. purehavoc

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    Man you do your research before you purchase it not after . :D. 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
     
  4. SSGN_Doc

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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.
     
  5. Ibmikey

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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.
     
  6. Ibmikey

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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.
     
  7. BRL

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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. :cool:

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  8. Ibmikey

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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.
     
  9. BRL

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    Any Pictures of the Rifle?

    Um yea...it was the wind...:rolleyes:

    HA! :D

    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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  10. Ibmikey

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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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  11. TexasGunner

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    Sounds like a nice build. One quick question though.... Are you sure your pulled bullets are not 62 grain? 147 grains are the military .308 pull downs. I load 62 grain ss109 pull downs for plinking and general fun shooting.

    ....now when I can get my hands on some bulk 147 grain .308's I am going to load up some 300 BLK for plinking.
     
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  12. BRL

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    Sounds like you have that rifle pretty well set up...so you stole it from your buddy huh?

    I'm proud of you! :D

    I'm using a Geissele SSA-E trigger right now and I love my Leupold scope, even if this rifle's job is just for informal plinking.

    We have the right idea! :cool:

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  13. Ibmikey

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    That is what I get for writing about two of my builds on different forums about the same time....duh ! The 147's are indeed for my 300 blackout, sorry.
    Yup BRL I dun stolt it...well not quite I just gave him a PSA M4 so he is happy. I changed direction after receiving the barrel but the end result has turned out very nice. It makes no difference if it will shoot moa as long as I can shoot golf balls on the ground at 50 yds and other such vermin. All my AR's main purpose is to provide fun shooting. If I was smart enough I would post photos and if I learn it will just get me in more bragging trouble :) so I'm better off being computer challenged.
     
  14. BRL

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    I'm computer challenged as well but you can get some help posting photos by looking at some of the posts in the "feedback" sections in various forums.

    To give you an idea:

    http://rugerforum.net/gun-gallery/23-how-post-pictures.html

    I like sticking those little orange targets like the one shown on the paper plate on the ends of spent shotgun hulls and then shoving them into the ragged bullet holes left on a 4'X8' piece of plywood that someone was kind enough to leave at the gravel pit, and then making them disappear when hit. :cool:

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    Get some help posting photos so you can show off your new "borrowed" rifle! :D

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  15. Ibmikey

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    Nice rifle, looks a lot like my LR308 other than the fluted barrel. In fact I should look for someone who can put flutes on that barrel thus removing some of the weight. Mine is an M4 style barrel with a rail high gas block. I also put a FDE Magpul rifle stock on my 308, seemes to be more balanced with that stock.
    Mr. Red X is quickly becoming one of my favorites.
     
  16. BRL

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    "Only accurate rifles are interesting"...Whelen Townsend

    On the only other AR-15 I've ever owned, I had put a fluted Olympic Arms Stainless Ultra Match (SUM) barrel on it and it was a tack driver!

    Made the mistake of selling it off to be able to afford an Armalite AR-10, but decided that .308 was just too heavy to tote around in the woods for very long.

    Bought this current fluted Olympic 5.56 barrel at the Puyallup gunshow and then found my new Sig Sauer M400 at the same show 15 minutes later to put the new barrel on. :rolleyes:

    This is a nice barrel but I would still like to find a fluted 16" mid-gas Wylde chambered barrel sometime down the road just for the heck of it.

    You did the right thing by "hanging on to" your new barrel. :D

    ...now learn how to post some pictures of it! :mad:

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  17. Ibmikey

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    I have been to the Puyallup Gun show but rarely venture to the West Side anymore. I rekindled my interest in AR's after a few years absence, they are so versatile I ended up with more than a dozen in the rack but only two have fluted barrels. Rainier makes (or more correctly has made for them) some neat barrels and are the most accurate of my carbines. This truly is a weapon to have fun with.
     
  18. BRL

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    They are a heck of a lot of fun and I ventured into the Ruger Mini-30's for around 7 years after selling my first AR, but the lure of the AR caught up to me again and I fortunately purchased my current one just before the gun ban panic set in.

    See how much fun you can have posting pictures! :D

    http://rugerforum.net/projects/32491-flash-hider-install-fun.html

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  19. TexasGunner

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    Yeah! A picture is worth 1,000 words!
     
  20. Copeman60

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    That's a damn good price for a stainless steel barrel. Gota wonder how they offer such a barrel at a low price!!

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