What kind of barrel do I want?

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by lonyaeger, Apr 13, 2011.

  1. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger New Member

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    I bought my RRA upper assembly about a year ago.

    Now, I'm heading for a prairie dog shoot and want to take the AR but I've never been overly impressed with the accuracy of the barrel.

    What barrel would you suggest.......

    what length? what twist rate? what material?

    and is the barrel swap something I can do myself?

    I appreciate any help or suggestions.
     

  2. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    Rifles have barrels? :confused:

    I'll read this thread just in the hopes I might learn something...
     
  3. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger New Member

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    What am I missing here?
     
  4. dog2000tj

    dog2000tj New Member

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    What have you got on it now? A lot of the varmint rifles I see from the manufacturers have bull barrels, ranging anywhere from 16" to 24". Tango built a real nice varmint rifle a little while ago, maybe he's got some better info :confused:
     
  5. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger New Member

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    RRA 18 inches.
     
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  6. dog2000tj

    dog2000tj New Member

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    Just as I thought, RRA offers varmint rifles in SS BB from 16" - 24" - Rock River Arms: Varmint EOP Upper Half

    What kind of accuracy are you getting out of your setup now?

    As for changing out the barrel I have heard that RRA uses a good amount of Loctite on theirs. I've read about a few folks that have had to use a torch to heat it up to get it to break loose. :eek:
     
  7. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger New Member

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    Hmmm.....well, I'm looking to hit a p-dog at up to about 300 yards.....?
     
  8. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    Hey, can I get one of those logos under my name that says "Not an FTF AR-15 Builder"???
     
  9. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger New Member

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    I was wondering how one qualifies........
     
  10. NitroxAZ

    NitroxAZ New Member

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    I asked and you have to start a thread showing your AR build with FTF help.
     
  11. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger New Member

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    .....sweet!
     
  12. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    Thats highly do able. Reloading for it? Factory .223 or Mil-Spec NATO 5.56?

    Price range?

    Do you want to do it yourself, or are you open to having a real custom upper developed for you?

    JD - FTF AR Builder. Neener, Neener. :p
     
  13. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    I just had a wicked build idea that would DEFINITELY be epic for this application.

    What do you know about barrel makers in Wisconsin, Lon? *evil grin*

    JD
     
  14. dog2000tj

    dog2000tj New Member

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    or you could just join us on the Dark Side and build an AR :p
     
  15. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Ima guess, they are cheesy.
    :p
     
  16. Jpyle

    Jpyle New Member

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    20" free floated barrel on an A3 type upper seems to be the most popular configuration. Why not just get the complete upper, less work than swapping out a barrel which is most of the cost anyway.

    Build a lower then you can get a little doo hickey under your name.
     
  17. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger New Member

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    I don't know, I was just thinking about swapping out the barrel with a better, more accurate one. I don't want to reinvent my whole rifle other than that.

    Regarding just swapping out the whole upper......then that brings up the question....what do I do with the old one? I HATE trying to sell stuff on eBay or GunBroker. Hate it.

    And the doo-hickey.....it's very tempting, and I'd love to have one....but I "built" my AR about a year ago and don't have the need for another one. But I'm a big fan of doo-hickeys in general. Hell, who isn't?
     
  18. Jpyle

    Jpyle New Member

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    Keep it...it's only 2 pins to swap it out for gosh sakes...:p
     
  19. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger New Member

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    I know that, but what am I gonna do with TWO uppers chambered in .223?