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Precision AR-15 Build - Which Barrel

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  1. critrxdoc

    critrxdoc Member

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    Hello THR! Building an SPR. Looking for 18" or 20" barrel. Would like <0.6 MOA.

    Krieger? Schilen? Noveske?

    Thoughts?
     
  2. Robert

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    What is your budget? Any of those should be good barrels, thought I am not sure about the .6 moa part. Take a look at the claims each company makes and figure out which is the least fanciful to you.
     
  3. tarosean

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    Do you reload to custom tune your ammo?
     
  4. critrxdoc

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    I do reload so I am planning on using Lapua brass, BR primers and SMK lead.

    My range time will be spent inside 400 meters.

    I realize these are all good barrels, but I don't have a comparison for which will give me the best accuracy from the start.

    I would prefer to have something "drop in" from the manufacturer with a paired bolt and not have to have smithing done once I get the barrel.

    I was hoping not the spend more than $600 on the barrel and matching bolt.
     
  5. Rottweiler

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    Call Frank White at Compass Lake Engineering. He'll fix you up.
     
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    "Call Frank White at Compass Lake Engineering. He'll fix you up."

    Good advice!
     
  8. Fishbed77

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    Rainier Arms has some very nice SPR barrels for very reasonable prices.
     
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    I bought a white oak upper armament that shoots lights out! Get one of their setups
     
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    I have no idea who I would use but whoever you go with let us know
     
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    I am with Farmerboy78, White Oak.


    Drue
     
  12. Txhillbilly

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    I personally wouldn't suggest a Seekins Precision barrel. I bought one late in 2014,and it consistently averages 1.5" groups with any bullet from 55 gr - 77 gr. I hand load,and have tried 17 different bullets with about a dozen different powders,and it just doesn't shoot.
    Seekins didn't want to help me with it until I posted a negative review on the dealers site that I purchased it from. The very next day-12/14/2015,Seekins emailed me a UPS return tag. I returned it to them,and last week they returned the same barrel to me,saying it was in spec and nothing was wrong with it. Yet,they never installed it on a upper and test fired it.

    I installed an AR Performance 18" SPR barrel on the upper that the Seekins barrel came off of,and it shoots great. I built another upper/lower for the Seekins barrel,and re-installed it when it came back. It still averages 1.5" groups.

    So much for the Precision in their name and products! :cuss:
     
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    I have installed more Noveske Afghan profile barrels than any other on AR-15's for accuracy. They deliver outstanding accuracy. Their headspace measurements have always been very consistent in the past as well.
     
  14. Arizona_Mike

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    Rainer Ultra Match (Shilen blank, ratchet rifling) guaranteed for 1 MOA and I constantly get 2/3 MOA with Inexpensive PPU Match.

    Mike
     
  15. Ifishsum

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    I third the vote for Frank White @ Compass Lake. I have one of his Kriegers (chambered in CLE .223 match) not only is it extremely accurate it does not acccumulate metal fouling at all. Can't say enough good things about it. You certainly need a quality barrel but you also need a top notch chamber cut for it to shoot it's potential.

    I believe many other barrels are probably just as accurate, I chose CLE for his chamber and the Krieger because cut rifling is supposed to keep it's accuracy for more shots before it starts declining. That is from HP guys who retire a barrel when it can no longer hold the 10 ring @ 600 yards (12 inches across)
     
  16. redneck2

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    I suspect that there is no one clear winner. If you look at the results from bench rest matches, there is usually a mix of mfg's.

    I have a Kreiger on my deer rifle. Shoots .4's (3 shots). My friend has an identical caliber and his does at least as well. This is with hunting bullets, not match stuff.
     
  17. bikemutt

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    I had good luck with a Wilson Combat barrel. About $275 or so.
     
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