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Hunter_1Hunter_1 New MemberPosts: 7 New Member
I'm thinking of building a .260 Rem using a Remington XR-100 action. My Question is which barrel should I use for the utmost in accuracy? There are many a great barrel markers out there I'm just not sure who I should go with.. Krieger, Lilja, Bartlien, Brux, Broughton and Benchmark. What would y'all recommend? I've been told Benchmark builds a great barrel as well as Krieger and Lilja.

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  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,866 Senior Member
    Sort of be a toss up between Krieger, Broughton, Brux
    I have both a Benchmark and Bartlein and they are great as well.
    I have more Krieger's than anything followed by Brux.
    I would pass on the Lilja now
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,866 Senior Member
    Sorry-Double Post
    Ernie

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  • deadeyedeadeye Member Posts: 73 Member
    All the main barrel makers put out good products. The main thing that is going to affect your accuracy potential of the gun is how good a smith you get to do it.
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  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,866 Senior Member
    When I hear from two gunsmiths who I know personally, one of which uses Lilja pretty much exclusively who are having problems-It gets my attention.
    When some of these barrels get warm they start walking big time. But it is NOT every barrel. There is a stress issue going on IMHO.
    My first 7mm Dakota was a Lilja barrel-Outstanding accuracy!
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    Ernie is being a grump about Lilja these days, though. I think they gave him a dirty look or something.
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 22,429 Senior Member
    I have one Krieger and it is wonderful. This is on my .250 Savage I had built a couple years back. It shoots better than I can. The thing about Krieger and one or two others is they are cut rifled. This takes the stress out of them, or rather doesn't put any stress into them.
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  • Hunter_1Hunter_1 New Member Posts: 7 New Member
    Thanks guys, sounds like I'll be going with Krieger.
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,866 Senior Member
    Cool!!
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 22,429 Senior Member
    Like I said, I love the Krieger, it's very accurate. But I agree with Carl "Deadeye" Deaton in that all the major barrel makers are making good stuff today. I have three aftermarket barrels on custom gun builds, a Shaw on my .280 Rem., a Krieger on my .250 Savage, and a Shilen Match barrel on my .257 Roberts AI. They all shoot better than I'm capable of.
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  • PegasusPegasus Senior Member Posts: 2,799 Senior Member
    Hunter_1 wrote: »
    Thanks guys, sounds like I'll be going with Krieger.

    Good choice.

    Just be aware that you are going to be on a waiting list, up to 20 weeks (5 months.)

    I placed my order early last month and I am hoping to get my barrel in May. The action is even longer with a six month wait, June for mine.

    You can have a Broughton inside of a month, Brux is running about 3 months, I think.
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 22,429 Senior Member
    Yep Peg, you're right on. But I found with Krieger it depends on the caliber of barrel you order. I ordered a .257 with 1-9 twist. They told me 120 days. But I got it in 60. The tech rep, the same guy that gave me the barrel breakin info, told me sometimes if it's a popular caliber they'll put others aside and make a batch of those. They tool up for a caliber and they make several at a time. He said they typically make a lot of .257 barrels and the wait is generally less than they initially tell you.
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
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  • PegasusPegasus Senior Member Posts: 2,799 Senior Member
    Well, depending on the twist and contour, and length that the OP requires, Krieger does list a number of 6.5/260 caliber barrels in inventory. They say you can get those in a week.
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