AR barrel work


December 27, 2012, 04:05 PM
In looking for a good smith to do some barrel work for me. The upper is a RRA 24" varmint model. I'd like it cut down to 22" or 21" with a recessed target crown. I'm also interested in having it bead blasted and then fluted in front of and behind the gas block. I was dead set on having Ballistic Advantage do the work, but they just emailed back and aren't doing custom work at this time. It would be great if I could have a guy do it within driving distance, but I've yet to find a smith around here. There is a Gander Mountain an hour away, but they are too expensive for my taste. For the money, I'd rather send it to an individual smith.

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December 27, 2012, 04:14 PM
Adco does great work.

December 27, 2012, 06:29 PM
It might be less expensive for you to buy a new barrel exactly like what you want, then sell your existent barrel. Changing barrels on an AR is drop dead easy and if you buy your new barrel with a headspaced bolt (a good idea anyway) you might get what you want for a lot less than paying a smith to modify your existent barrel. A custom barrel maker can and will make exactly what you want and probably save you some of your hard earned $.


December 28, 2012, 06:51 PM
That's an option, but I'm not a big fan of it now. I love the accuracy (with the Black Hills 68gr I use I shoot around 0.625"-0.750" 10 shot groups at 100yds with horrible eye relief). I don't want to risk that with another barrel. I did find a shop to cut and crown for $50, but they don't flute, which I think I've decided against anyway.

December 28, 2012, 10:04 PM
having your barrel operated on doesnt guarantee you are going to retain the same accuracy. If you are looking to cut weight I wouldnt expect any miracles with your planned circumcision , you are talking ounces at best. Get a carbon fiber free float tube and maybe switch to a skeleton stock. Once the market frees up a barrel swap is an easy job for you to do in the garage and you wouldnt have to wait for a smith to complete labor.

December 29, 2012, 01:17 AM
What part of ky are u from Noma?

December 29, 2012, 01:37 PM
I don't see that a competent cut and crown would adversely effect accuracy, with the exclusion of losing some long range velocity. I would love get a carbon tube, but there are other things that are priority to that. I'm wanting to free up some weight and improve balance. It's a very awkward gun at this point.

And I'm in Metcalfe county. About halfway between bowling green and somerset.

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