Originally Posted By frog5215:
OKAY! Price no object up to $500, but you plan on feeding it budget ammo.
A Lilja will come in under budget, as will a Lothar Walther based Clark, Kid, or Volquartsen, or a Shilen, or Green Mountain, TacSol, WhistlePig, or a host of others.
You won't be likely to have a discernable improvement in accuracy until you're willing to spend more than 3 cents per shot.
My best Clark 10/22 barrels shoot Fed bulk into 3/4-1 1/2" @50yd, as does my most recent good-money-after-bad project, a custom Douglas 18" match barrel on an AR22.
My last stock 10/22 barrel shot close to that well with the same ammo.
The custom ones shoot under 1/2" with mid-range match ammo ($6/box @current prices); the Douglas is trying to shoot one hole, if I can let it.
Masta, we had a disagreement on another thread; I don't want to offend. I shoot a ton of Fed bulk also, but I think you'll just have to take the luck of the draw unless somebody has an ironclad suggestion.
I suggest a GM (which I have not tried, but which has a good reputation), or a Clark, which has an accuracy guarantee, and then spend the rest of the $500 on a half case of Wolf Match, SK Match, or RWS Target.
No offence, I'm not one of those unrealistic people that thinks I will get same hole accuracy from bulk pack ammo. I can't see spending uber amounts of money on 22lr, if I was going to do that I'd just shoot my .223. If one were in a competition or something then it would make since, but for plinking there's just no reason.
I am not unhappy with my factory stainless steel tapered barrel, but I have changed the stock to a thumbhole stock that was designed for a bull barrel so it looks funny with the tapered barrel, that is really the only reason I am in the market for a new barrel. But if I am going to buy a new barrel, I want to do it right the first time and try to get the best I can so I don't buy 2-3 of them.
I typically shoot 25-50 yards 99% of the time. 1/2-1-1/2" groups are acceptable.
Anyone know how a Green Mountain compares to a Tactical Solutions? I know the Tactical Solutions go for about $200, we like the TS barrel's because they are aluminum which is light. Anyone know what a stainless non-fluted GM barrel weighs?