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Posted: 11/25/2020 3:29:03 PM EST
[Last Edit: 12/4/2020 2:17:06 PM EST by alpha0815]
I bought both of these barrels. One is the Spikes CHF “optimal” 14.5” barrel and the other is an actual FN 14.7” button rifled CHF barrel in government profile. Both are mid length.

I already received the Spikes barrel. Nice looking profile and gas port measured out right at .070” with calipers (not ideal I know). I haven’t received the actual FN barrel yet.

I’ll weight, measure, and check everything out myself. However, anyone have experience with both?

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Link Posted: 11/25/2020 5:16:22 PM EST
How does your F/N barrel have CHF rifling and button rifling?  It has to be one of the other.
Link Posted: 11/25/2020 5:51:11 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Bwharton36:
How does your F/N barrel have CHF rifling and button rifling?  It has to be one of the other.
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True.
Link Posted: 11/25/2020 6:19:02 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/25/2020 6:19:19 PM EST by Voland]
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Originally Posted By Bwharton36:
How does your F/N barrel have CHF rifling and button rifling?  It has to be one of the other.
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Probably meant chrome lined.

I'll take a chf barrel over a button rifles any day of the week. That said, the button rifled one may be a hair more accurate...
Link Posted: 11/25/2020 8:50:20 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/25/2020 8:52:37 PM EST by alpha0815]
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Originally Posted By Bwharton36:
How does your F/N barrel have CHF rifling and button rifling?  It has to be one of the other.
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Oh boy. Jokes on me. That’s the difference. I assumed all FN barreled were CHF.

FN 14.7” button cut barrel
Link Posted: 11/26/2020 12:24:46 AM EST
Honestly it’s a pretty easy mistake to be made. I wasn’t trying to call you out just so I’m clear.
Link Posted: 11/26/2020 12:25:13 AM EST
Could see that for sure.
Link Posted: 12/4/2020 11:54:44 AM EST
[Last Edit: 12/4/2020 2:17:27 PM EST by alpha0815]
**UPDATE**

So I dimpled the Spikes CHF barrel. Went as usual. Took plenty of cutting oil and took some pressure on the ole drill press.

Then I did the FN button rifled barrel. I immediately noticed that is cut like butter. I stopped, pulled the jig off and the set screw in the gas port reamed it out. I’ve done about a dozen different barrels now and I’ve never had one this soft.

Normal? Cause for concern?

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Link Posted: 12/5/2020 2:37:13 AM EST
It's going to work fine either way, I wouldn't worry too much about it.
Link Posted: 12/5/2020 1:26:46 PM EST
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Originally Posted By boltcatch:
It's going to work fine either way, I wouldn't worry too much about it.
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Yeah I’m sure it will. I’ve just never had a barrel (finish & Metal) that was so soft.
Link Posted: 1/16/2021 10:15:24 PM EST
I have had the Spikes 14.5 optimal, middy, CHF for 2 years and about 600 rounds.  Great barrel and shooter.
Link Posted: 1/22/2021 6:18:23 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/22/2021 6:18:42 PM EST by mmmboats]
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Originally Posted By imdBman:
I have had the Spikes 14.5 optimal, middy, CHF for 2 years and about 600 rounds.  Great barrel and shooter.
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I’ve got two; one is still pretty fresh with about 200, the other has seen about 2k. Both are wicked solid shooters.
Link Posted: 1/23/2021 1:44:02 PM EST
Rifle Gear has 14.7 CHF FN mid barrels not listed as button rifle ,thinking about trying one . I guess I'll call them to make sure . The 14.5 Spikes on my go to gun is a wicked solid barrel .
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