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The Making of a Rifled Barrel, by Border Barrels (must-read)
Bore Brushing–The Great Debate, Expert Symposium
What Makes a Barrel Accurate, by Dan Lilja
Barrel Break-In & Cleaning, from Krieger Barrels
Excel Formula Predicts Barrel life, AccurateShooter.com


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Custom Barrel-Makers

Bartlein Barrels

Precision single-point, cut-rifled barrels, from .20 to .338 caliber, plus .50 Cal, starting at $245. Wide variety of contours, very exact twist rates.

Benchmark Barrels

Benchmark built its reputation with record-setting rimfire barrels, and now they are producing excellent centerfire barrels as well. Contact Ron Sinema or Barry Graber at (360) 652-2594 or email info[at]benchmark-barrels.com. Location: Benchmark Barrels, 1105 Pioneer Highway East, Arlington, WA 98223.

Border Barrels

Traditional Obermeyer-style “5R” cut-rifled barrels made in Scotland. Long barrel life, high quality. Distributed by O.K. Weber in the USA.

Brux Barrels

Brux produces very high-quality cut-rifled barrels. Recent records have been set with Brux 6mm and 6.5mm barrels, and the 7mms have performed well in F-Class applications. Brux is located in Lodi, Wisconsin. Call (608) 592-3324.

Broughton Barrels

Conventional and canted land (5C) pull-buttoned barrels. Stress-relieved and meticulously hand-lapped, Broughton barrels clean easily and the 5C offers enhanced velocities. Broughton Canted Land Barrels.

Criterion Barrels

Precision button-rifled barrels. Pre-Fits for Savage and Remingtons. Also AR15, AR10, M1A, M1 Garand, M1 Carbine, M1903, and Lee Enfield Barrels. Wide variety of contours, high quality.
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Hart Barrels

High grade push-button, hand-lapped barrels. Long, effective barrel life. Along with Shilen, Hart barrels have dominated 100/200yd BR for decades. Great choice for 6mm BR varmint guns too.

Krieger Barrels

Cut-rifled barrels with very long barrel life. Top smiths say Krieger barrels are almost always straight and true. Fewer duds than some other brands. Hard to go wrong with a Krieger.

Lilja Precision Rifle Barrels

Hand-lapped button rifled barrels. Lilja’s 3-groove 6BR barrels are very accurate and clean fast. Lilja’s rim fire barrels are among the very best.

McGowen Precision Barrels

Conventional and Pre-Fit barrels for popular actions. Also AR barrels. Fast delivery on Pre-Fits. McGowen also offers gunsmithing services, to install barrels, sights, scope bases, or sling swivels.

Pac-Nor Barreling

Barrel-maker and chamberer. Conventional barrels plus pre-fit, three-groove, and polygonal rifling.

Schneider Rifle Barrels

1403 Red Baron
Payson, AZ 85541
Phone: (928) 474-2852
Hand-lapped, pull-buttoned barrels with superb accuracy. Conventional and 5-land Polygon (P5) rifling options. Good prices ($254/blank).

Shilen Barrels

Big-name Texas barrel-maker still produces the lion’s share of winning short-range BR barrels. They now offer ratchet (canted land) as well as conventional push-button rifling in 3, 4, 5 and 6 grooves.

Spencer Rifle Barrels

Accurate, button-rifled barrels available completely chambered in a wide variety of calibers. Tight control of tolerances. Considerable success in big-bore 1000yd guns and accuracy-guaranteed Varmint guns. Good value and excellent customer service.

Lothar Walther Precision Tools

Buttoned barrels from proprietary super high-grade German steel. Polygonal rifling available in .223 and .30 calibers. Good value on prechambered and threaded barrels. Finished barrels for the M 98, Savage and CZ rifles. 54 standard contours and 1500 other contours are available.


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Barrel Surface Treatments
MMI TruTec offers the patented QPC Salt-Bath Nitriding process for barrels and bolts bodies. This provides a thin (10-20 micron) layer of surface hardening. This produces a very slick, very hard surface that provides reduced friction in the bore. Early tests show Melonite barrel treatment can reduce throat wear and increase useful barrel life.

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