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Old 11-07-2011, 5:45 PM
aquaboy11 aquaboy11 is offline
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Default 20" Hbar vs Bull. 1/8 vs 1/9

G'day all,
I have read and searched forums and pages everywhere to try and avoid asking the same old questions but i have come down to some final choices/questions.

I am researching to put together my first AR. Not looking to spend the farm first time out so have been looking at kits or complete uppers rather than full custom stuff. i like the idea of heavier barrels for some reason. I idea of longer shots even if it is sure to be beyond my ablility but i have come to a couple of basic questions.

Hbar vs Bull and 1/8 vs 1/9. I am pretty sure I want 20" and stainless.
I see a lot of the lower end kits have questionable reviews along the idea of you get what you pay for. Any recommendations for modest prices options in this direction. Any advice/suggestions welcome. Thanks
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Old 11-07-2011, 5:51 PM
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If you're looking for accuracy then get a quality barrel, not a heavy barrel. Noveske, Larue, ect

Twist rate all depends on what ammo you are going to be shooting. 1/9, 1/8 and 1/7 will handle the most common 55-62 gr loads perfectly.

A QUALITY 16-18" (Daniel Defense, Colt, Noveske) Stainless or Chrome lined barrel will shoot better than a shiny, 20-24", 10lb bull barrel from a bottom-of-the-barrel manufacturer like Delton, DPMS, Bushmaster, ect.
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Old 11-07-2011, 6:46 PM
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I used to think like you in that a heavy barrel is the way to go. In reality spend the money on a good barrel. Unless you are going to do a lot or rapid fire I would buy a quality barrel that is medium weight. Now I do have the heavy and bull barrel rifles but I hate lugging them around.My RRA shoots great as does my old mans Stag. I reality I do not think that the bull barrel is worth it if this thing will be used any other place than the bench.
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