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AR15 Wilson barrel Q's

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Longbow, Mar 21, 2005.

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  1. Longbow

    Longbow Member

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    Is there a way to tell (markings, logo..) on a Wilson barrel for an AR15? A dealer at a gunshows claims the barrel on his uppers are made by Wilson and he's asking $320 for it. I wanted to buy it but I wasn't sure what to look for, for authenticity. So I passed. I'll look at it again next show. With your help, I'm hoping I should beable to tell. Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Steve Smith

    Steve Smith Moderator Emeritus

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    I'm not sure if there is a way to tell, but it's not like you're getting an Obermeyer or a Black Star anyway. Getting a Wilson is like going to a Conoco for your gas. It ain't race gas, but it's your semi-assurance that the attendant didn't shovel old hot dogs into the tank.
     
  3. Bartholomew Roberts

    Bartholomew Roberts Moderator Emeritus

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    Wilson makes a huge chunk of the barrels sold by various AR15 houses anyway. You could buy a barrel blind without ever looking at who made it and still end up with a decent chance of getting a Wilson barrel.
     
  4. Harry Tuttle

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    don't the wilson barrels have the roll mark with the soccer ball and the hand print?

    :evil:

    Wilson may have provided the blank barrel
    who cut the chamber is a better question

    for $320
    i would benchmark a new chromelined Colt upper for $450 from CDNN
    www.cdnninvestments.com/coara2upwnew.html
     
  5. yesterdaysyouth

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    my wilson barrels aren't marked at all...
     
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    Tuttle, Thanks for the link.
     
  7. Longbow

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    Thanks to all!
    I knew I made the right decission when I walked out of there. :)
     
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    I rebarreled my BM 16" V-Match last year with an 18" stainless 1:8 Wilson. This easliy shoots sub-moa with decent ammo. I understand that Wilson makes JP's barrels. My 1:9 JP upper shoots 2-1/2" 10 shot groups @ 300 yds off a bipod with SMK 69s.
     
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    Make sure you understand, Wilson Arms barrels have no connection to Wilson Combat, these are two entirely separate entities.

    Wilson barrels are good barrels, I've got one on my AR-15, just not connected to Wilson Combat.

    http://www.wilsonarms.com/

    http://www.wilsoncombat.com/
     
  10. Rockstar

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    Wilson's one of several manufacturers who supply Midway their Adams and Bennett barrels. Nothing special about a Wilson barrel.
     
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    If you're gonna spend perfectly good money on an AR-15 barrel, get a Krieger.

    If you can't afford it now, give up beer or smokes or a daily latte for a few weeks.

    Buy the best, cry once.
     
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    Oh yeah - unless you plan on shooting those really long, really heavy bullets, think a slower twist...

    1/12 or 1/14 works quite nicely with 50 grain bullets, and you can also run 40s or 45s... Granted, they're not much out at 600 yards, but inside 300, great for prairie dogs.
     
  13. Longbow

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    Thanks again for all the responses!

    No, I'm not planing on spending so much $$ on this one. I got the lower (PWA) long ago for a very good price and I just want it built. A good level of accuracy is desired, but not for so much $$.
    I think I'll try to shop around online and try to get one at a decent price. If not, then I'll buy that Wilson upper from him next show.
     
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