|Originally Posted By Jonnysixguns:
Originally Posted By BamaInArk:
Things to consider. The Bushmaster Predator is NOT a heavy barrel. It has a 1:8 twist but it's not Chrome lined. May be ok for accuracy but not for durability. It also has, what I was told by their tech support guys, a Compass Lake(his words) chamber. Compass Lake is known for target barrels but not sure about their chambers. Supposed to be ok to shoot 5.56. Also the gas block is a milled down FSB.
The RRA IS a heavy barrel with 1:8 twist and Stainless Steel.
There's a reason the Bushy is cheaper!
My dad owns a varminter which they describe as being the Predator with a 20" barrel. It is basically a fluted HBAR contour to put not too fine of a point on it.
Personal experience- I have never felt like it was a huge pain to clean non chrome lined barrels. I shoot that type of rifle and a serious afternoon is 50 shots. Perhaps a good accompanying analogy is this... I owned a remington PSS of similar role. A 26" barreled heavy .223 that I used for postage stamp stuff at 100 yds. No one would tell me the lack of chrome lining wasn't an issue because it isn't to most of us. I shoot in all weather (Houston TX and KY) in all seasons and I don't encounter rust either, cleaning was addressed earlier.
The RRA may be a better gun, I haven't shot one. But I've spent hours behind a 24" barreled version of the predator and cared for it on my fathers behalf. I have no complaints.
Unfortunately the Predator and Varminter have two completely different barrels. Predator is as I described while the Varminter is a 24 inch, 1:9 twist heavy( true heavy) barrel.(Predator is a thin barrel) Not sure if the Varminter is Chrome lined.
My comment about the lack of chrome lining has more to due with durability than anything and not about cleaning. Non chromed lined barrels don't last as long as SS or chrome lined. At one time non chrome lined barrels were considered the most accurate but today's SS barrels seem to have caught up in the accuracy department. Many people choose a SS barrel simply because it lasts longer than a non chrome lined one.
Calling a Varminter a 24 inch version of the 20 inch Predator is not accurate.