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Some bbl info.
I kinda touched on this in another thread and figured that it might be useful info to some of you. To make a long story short, I've been building rifles of all kinds for a loooong time. Bench rest, hunting, varmint, competition, long range, etc... I've learned quite a bit by doing so and figure that I'd share my experience. First off, I prefer starting from blanks and turning them myself. This is beneficial in more than one way because I often get a stock and I'm told to make the barrel fit the inletting. Its also easier to replicate military contours if the need arises or to just do a one off contour. But the biggest reason is that I truly seek perfection and have found that 95% of the times that I check an already contoured barrel from the manufacturer, its full of run out when I spin it between centers on the lathe. Now thats not necessarily going to equate to bore straightness, but it bugs me.. Its amazing to me how many guys finish a barrel with a lathe file or belt grinder. The second part is barrel brands. Ive found that most of your expensive brand barrel makers have terrible bore line straightness which I always check. I always check that first and one time had to send 3 (yes 3) Douglas barrels back to the manufacturer because of deviation. I've also seen this from pretty much all of the big brand, expensive makers too. And the craziest part of it all is that the best manufactured barrels that I've come across with the least issues and honestly some of the best accuracy is Green Mountain and the runner up being Kreiger. I have no idea why, or what their manufacturing process is, but they have proven to be the best of all that I've used. I honestly cringe anymore when I'm brought a Douglas or told to order one for a build. I also understand the science of the projectile leaving the bore, so most guys would argue that the straightness that im concerned over is negligible but it matters to me and I've always built really good shooters. Hopefully I put this in text as well as I thought I had it in my head 😆. If need be, I'll try and elaborate further if anyone has any questions.