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Res ipsa loquitur
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I’m looking to replace the barrel on my 1994 era AR-15. I’m looking for the best bang for the buck so I am not interested in a barrel that costs more than a basic AR. A cosmetic blemish would be OK. I do want one that can shoot .223 and 5.56 too. For reference, I will need a 20” barrel.
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Posts: 10453 | Registered: October 13, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Green Mountain barrels are a good bang for the buck. You can get a 20" A2 barrel profile with 1 in 7 or 1 in 8 chrome lined for around $176.95. I went with a 1 in 8 and it turned out good.

http://www.gmriflebarrel.com/a...16-m4-rifle-barrels/


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I really like Faxon & Ballistic Advantage.




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Posts: 7815 | Location: Alpharetta, GA | Registered: August 04, 2005Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Mine is a pencil profile BCM 16" mid-length.
Trouble free & wasn't terribly priced, even shortly after the Sandy Hooks events, when I was piecing together the build.




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Posts: 6603 | Location: Spring, TX | Registered: July 11, 2011Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I’ve found Ballistic Advantage to be great barrels and a good value. Look at Granite Ridge Outfitters for good prices...they seem to run a BA coupon code all the time!
 
Posts: 2158 | Location: Central Texas | Registered: August 22, 2009Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Cheap and good? BA then unless you want to dumpster dive.
 
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I have a LaRue Stealth that has proven very accurate with a wide range of ammunition.
 
Posts: 13399 | Location: The Edge of the Ozarks | Registered: December 04, 2003Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I'm finding that the Faxon Gunner profiles are very accurate and don't string like a true pencil barrel.

They are gov't profile to the gas block, then reduce to a pencil profile after.

They do a match 416R Stainless 223 Wylde now. I have a 16" that im getting aquainted with.


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Daniel Defense CHF. I own three and I am impressed. They're not the cheapest option in this thread, but they're not that expensive.
 
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One option for a better quality barrel is Wilson Combat. Non-fluted SS barrels are currently $250, although sales around major holidays result in 15-20% discounts. I currently have three of their 5.56 barrels and one 300blk barrel. I wore out my first Wilson barrel and replaced it with another. Accuracy from my Wilson barrels is pretty close to that from my true match-grade Krieger barrel.
 
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Very happy with my Faxon 20" heavy match with flame fluting. I've been able to consistently shoot just over 1" groups at 100 yards out of it, and I'm convinced I'm the limiting factor, not the barrel.
 
Posts: 3036 | Location: In the Cornfields | Registered: May 25, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Thx all. Some excellent suggestions to explore. As an FYI, I am putting this on my Franken AR that was assembled from a pot pourri of parts bought during the 1994 AWB panic. We won’t talk about how much I was into it (Not counting this new barrel).


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Originally posted by BB61:
We won’t talk about how much I was into it (Not counting this new barrel).

Over my career I have worked with managers from all walks of life to evaluate property, plant, and equipment investment options. Ultimately, one must ignore what has been spent in the past, when looking at investments with future benefits.

It comes down to what benefits we receive in the future versus what we spend now. Note that it isn't always practical to quantify investments & benefits in dollars & cents.

So if you decide to replace a barrel, the previous cost of the barrel/upper/rifle means nothing. The end analysis may include the cost of the new barrel versus things like:
- accuracy
- barrel life
- types of ammo that can be used
- maintenance (cleaning) required for the new barrel
- intangible issues, which may include things like appearance or pride of ownership
 
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