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AR15 Barrel Discussions Barrels and upper recievers only

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 06:41 AM

What are your favorite barrels to use?

I am personally looking for some kind of SPR barrel to use for whackin' 'yotes, and I wanted to know what some of your favorite barrels are.

So, here's what I want you to do list your favorite barrel in three categories:
1: Match/24" Bull
2: SPR/18" HBAR
3: Standard Carbine

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 07:18 AM

Hmmm, I can only think of one that I really like...Bushmaster 16" M4 profile, with a 1/9 twist. Works pretty good with NATO SS109 green tips.
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Posted 08 February 2011 - 08:27 AM

Not sure I have a specific favorite, but I prefer the heavier barrels to the "pencils."

For most applications I'd rather have 1/7" over 1/9", though for the 55-grain and lighter stuff the 1/9" works well enough. The 1/9" works for 62-grain, but I'd rather have the 1/7" personally.

Since you opened it up to uppers as a whole, midlength gas system for most applications (unless you're going to be using a >= 20" then go full rifle system anyway). The dissipator style (rifle gas on a carbine barrel) is somewhat interesting as well, but I think I'd rather have a good midlength than the dissipator.
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Posted 08 February 2011 - 01:25 PM

Thinkin' about the DPMS mini SASS barrel. It seems like it would be a good compromise between weight and accuracy, unless the barrel itself is a bad barrel?

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 09:48 PM

For a defensive carbine, the extra accuracy of a heavy BBL is wasted. Might was well go with a pencil thin profile and save a couple ounces for something else. Only reason for an M4's uneven profile is if you are hooking a M203 on it.

I personally like the standard 20" M16 weight bbls, or the 18" SPRs for a general purpose AR. 24" is excessive for anything but a target/bench/long range varmint rifle.

Of course, I'm out here where I can shoot that far.

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 06:39 AM

Or just get an AK :D


@ the OP

Honestly, what's the purpose of the build? That will decide the ideal barrel. PW is correct a defensive carbine really doesn't need the heavier barrel, but it's nice to have for any kind of distance work.

Were I an AR-centric individual, I would want at least:

1. One defensive carbine
2. One longer range SPR type
3. One AR-pistol / SBR

If I had to consolidate, I'd scrap the pistol/SBR and get something in between the first two.
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Posted 10 February 2011 - 10:28 AM

Purpose of the build is varmint slappin' and plinking.

Eventually I will be using an AR wildcat for deer hunting. But that will be a completely different setup.
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Posted 10 February 2011 - 10:41 AM

I like the Rock River Coyote uppers for that purpose.

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Posted 10 February 2011 - 10:50 AM

View PostPistolWhipped, on 08 February 2011 - 11:48 PM, said:

For a defensive carbine, the extra accuracy of a heavy BBL is wasted.


When I bought my Bushmaster back in 99, the salesman talked me into buying the heavy barrel model, if I had it to do all over again, I'd go with a thinner profile for sure.
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Posted 11 February 2011 - 10:47 AM

Just today I found a good deal on a 16" fluted SS bull barrel, it was 223 chambered, so I went for it. now what kind of free float tubes do you guys like? Quad rail for accessories, or standard tube for light weight?
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Posted 11 February 2011 - 11:11 AM

I'd go for the quad rail personally, but not put much on it.

For plinking/hunting/long range shooting, a bipod may not be a bad idea if you want to go that route.

Don't really need much else on that kind of rifle though, so if you don't go that route you may want the tube to avoid the temptation to bolt more on than you need.

Defensive carbines are quad rail all the way because of use of lights and such (but again, don't over do it)
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Posted 14 February 2011 - 06:58 PM

Sabre defence fluted 18 inch, 1/8 twist rate, fluted. Throws rounds out noticibly faster than 1/9 witout being heavy like the barrel I use.
http://www.rainierar...product_id=1630
Rainier Arms`Ultramatch 18.5 inch SPR
http://www.superiord...d-18.5-SPR.html
I love the hell out of ths barrel but comparitively the first one does the same job but is lighter without feeling too light. Also check out White Oak Armory. All these barrels are nicely priced with great features. I would recommend the heavier barrel if you plan on being bedded down and shooting longer ranges; lighter if you plan on being more mobile and utilitarian. Hunting can take a lot out of an individual and a small caliber bullet has its limitations. Humane shots with dogs under 500 yards, larger animals 200 yards and below. Accurate shots with an AK at those same ranges are completely feesible and damn fun. Just beware of cheap mounting solutions and use quality ammo, just as you would with any gun.
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