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 Thoughts on 18" AR-Stoner Barrels from Midway
jasonprox700  [Member]
4/1/2011 10:52:10 AM
I've been kicking around the idea of building a do all rifle. It will most likely be my go to rifle for hunting (varmints) and plinking. I found the below barrel on Midway and I was wondering if anybody has had any experience with it. It is pretty much what I am looking for (18" mid-weight, mid-length gas system, fluted, & stainless). I believe Shaw makes these for them, but I'm not sure. It doesn't seem to be a bad price and I was just wondering about accuracy. If I picked it up, I would most likely send it out to be bead blasted to remove the shine.

AR-Stoner .223/5.56 Wylde Chamber 18" Medium Contour 1:8" Twist - Fluted Stainless Steel
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jasonprox700  [Member]
4/4/2011 4:02:38 PM
Nobody has tried one of these?
Herknav90  [Member]
4/4/2011 9:22:28 PM
"The 223 Wylde chamber was designed by noted AR-15 competitor Bill Wylde for use with competition 223 Remington loads. This chamber works with cartridges having an overall length of 2.445, as opposed to the SAAMI specifications of 2.260" for 223 Remington and 2.550" for 5.56x45mm NATO."

Are you a reloader? Plinking to me means buying boxes of cheap ammo and firing away. Varmints means buying some cheap or accurate and firing away. I am not an expert, but unless you can buy the wylde round, you are going to have to buy/make brass, trim & reload or buy reloads. Just a note.

I have read that the Wylde is an accurate barrel, but how accurate do you need to be? I don't want to have to spend hours reloading when I could buy ammo and shoot. I am an American and International skeet shooter, and I reload a LOT. Reloading rifle is no big deal, but it's slower (much slower) than shotgun shells. If you need another hobby (reloading) then go for it!

RobF
GreenLantern  [Team Member]
4/4/2011 9:31:02 PM
unless you can buy the wylde round, you are going to have to buy/make brass, trim & reload or buy reloads. Just a note.


Tolly  [Member]
4/4/2011 9:47:43 PM
You absolutely DO NOT have to be a hand loader to shoot a gun utilizing the .223 Wylde chamber. The Wylde chamber is essentially a hybrid of the .223 and the 5.56 NATO, and will handle both commercial loads. I believe the barrel you listed is made by either ER Shaw or Wilson. In either case I'm sure it is a quality barrel and will be every bit as accurate as 99% of the guys behind the trigger are capable of shooting.
alemonkey  [Team Member]
4/4/2011 9:52:40 PM
There is no such thing as a "Wylde Round". The Wylde chamber is basically a .223 chamber with an elongated leade which allows it to handle higher pressure than .223. Bullets can also be seated out further. This is an advantage in the slow fire stage of High Power shooting, where you individually load each round. Longer bullets that exceed mag length can be used.

My White Oak barrel with a Wylde chamber is quite accurate. Not sure about how accurate the Midway barrels are, but I'm pretty sure I've read they're made by E.R. Shaw. They're not match grade, but probably will shoot better than most people can take advantage of.
Garandboy  [Team Member]
4/4/2011 9:52:48 PM
Originally Posted By GreenLantern:
unless you can buy the wylde round, you are going to have to buy/make brass, trim & reload or buy reloads. Just a note.






Bump for more information. Looks like a interesting barrel.

duckslayerjt  [Team Member]
4/4/2011 9:56:04 PM
Originally Posted By Herknav90:
"The 223 Wylde chamber was designed by noted AR-15 competitor Bill Wylde for use with competition 223 Remington loads. This chamber works with cartridges having an overall length of 2.445, as opposed to the SAAMI specifications of 2.260" for 223 Remington and 2.550" for 5.56x45mm NATO."

Are you a reloader? Plinking to me means buying boxes of cheap ammo and firing away. Varmints means buying some cheap or accurate and firing away. I am not an expert, but unless you can buy the wylde round, you are going to have to buy/make brass, trim & reload or buy reloads. Just a note.

I have read that the Wylde is an accurate barrel, but how accurate do you need to be? I don't want to have to spend hours reloading when I could buy ammo and shoot. I am an American and International skeet shooter, and I reload a LOT. Reloading rifle is no big deal, but it's slower (much slower) than shotgun shells. If you need another hobby (reloading) then go for it!

RobF


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