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556 Barrel for pistol

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by 2A2Dend, Apr 17, 2016.

  1. 2A2Dend

    2A2Dend .. Well-Known Member

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    So here I am, pondering a ground up 11.5" 5.56 pistol build. I've looked at, read and researched barrels to the point I can't decide. I want the best buck accuracy I can get from barrel "quality"

    If I go this route, obviously, weight is not my concern.
    I picked up a Colt Socom heavy barrel that I thought about having cut down and open the gas port. Then again, I read cutting a chrome lined barrel can cause later issues at the crown.

    Thoughts or barrel recommendations?
  2. Garg

    Garg east of portland metro Hold my beer..... watch this Bronze Supporter

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  3. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I'm no expert, but I don't think re-drilling a barrel would work well.
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  4. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    Accuracy and pistol barrels don't go hand in hand. You can chase the proverbial 1/4" all day and keep throwing money at it as much as you want. Until it's an SBR and you are using match ammo with a parallax matched scope dialed for your range....

    No reason not to go with a generic off the shelf chrome lined 5.56 barrel. You won't notice the difference.
  5. Pandaz3

    Pandaz3 Cornelius, Oregon NRA Lifetime Member Platinum Supporter Gold Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Faxon barrels if you are looking for good quality at a fair price and I have two pistol uppers, a Aero Precision and a Palmetto that works for me.