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Recommend a barrel for my 14.5" build

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by BlindedByScience, Mar 7, 2016.

  1. BlindedByScience

    BlindedByScience Vancouver WA Well-Known Member

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    Title says it all. I'm looking for a barrel for a new upper. I want to build a 14.5 top with a pinned and welded suppressor adapter on the end. I've considered Black Hole Weaponry, Rainier Arms, what would you guys recommend? Thanks in advance, appreciate the advice.
     
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    BlindedByScience Vancouver WA Well-Known Member

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    I forgot to mention this is an AR platform, hope that's obvious. Sorry for the omission....:rolleyes:
     
  3. slimer13

    slimer13 Deer Park Well-Known Member

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    Bhw is good but I've only used them 20"+ for precision builds I'm not sure how good they are for shorter barrels (accuracy vs weight etc). I'd get whatever CHF barrel from a good manufacturer goes on sale first.
     
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  4. coop44

    coop44 Tacoma ,WA Well-Known Member

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    Nearly any barrel you get will do well, I have built ar's with generic barrels and $300 boutique barrels. Not seeing much difference in initial accuracy. Just make sure it is headspaced, has a good crown, and those groove thingies on the inside.
     
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    PiratePast40 Willamette Valley Well-Known Member

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    Faxon Firearms barrels seem to be very good quality at a decent price. They're an OEM for several suppliers. http://faxonfirearms.com/barrels/. Aim Surplus also carries their barrels and they include a pinned gas block with many of them. People seem to like them at AR.com. The Faxon rep is also a member over there and is really good about answering questions.

    I'm waiting for them to put out another batch of 16" Gunner barrels and will pick one up then.
     
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    coop44 Tacoma ,WA Well-Known Member

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  7. BlindedByScience

    BlindedByScience Vancouver WA Well-Known Member

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    Just to wrap up the thread, after chatting with my gunsmith (David @ Brimstone) and my son the USMC armorer, here's what I ordered:

    https://www.rainierarms.com/rainier-arms-223-wylde-barrel-mid-14-5-rock-creek-blank

    That and a 13" Geissle forend, and a Silencerco Trifecta flash hider / suppressor adapter for a pin / weld job on the end to barrel, and a Syrac adjustable gas block to tune it for my two suppressors. Hope it shoots as good as the parts look....;-)

    Thanks again, guys - appreciate the advice and thoughts.