Confirm Action

Are you sure you wish to do this?

Confirm Cancel
Durkin Tactical Franklin Armory
User Panel

Posted: 8/24/2017 12:17:40 AM EDT
Need suggestions on an 18" barrel....planning on sort of a "do-it-all"/dmr type build.... looking for accuracy, durability, value also is a plus but certainly prefer to buy once cry once
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 1:47:18 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 1:54:28 AM EDT

BA performance or Hansen barrel

If weight is a issue, Larue Predatar. Or if weight is no issue, the tack driver is the Stealth.
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 4:14:07 AM EDT
Faxon GUNNER barrel, light and very accurate.
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 9:02:02 AM EDT
AR Performance has 18" barrels in the $200 price range that have 5r and 3r rifling.  From what I can find, they are great barrels, especially for the money.
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 9:09:29 AM EDT
As already stated Faxon and BA are great options.  Faxon has a new Match series with 5r rifling in 223 wylde that might be worth a look.  White Oak Armament is also worth a look.  They have an SPR profile for around $280 that is really good.  Larue will be mentioned as well and they seem to get great feedback
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 11:01:45 AM EDT
FPNI as always.

Larue, Faxon, BA, etc should do you just fine.  If you want stainless, check out JSE Surplus for some 18" barrels from Wilson.
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 2:44:43 PM EDT
JP Rifles
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 9:30:05 PM EDT
White Oak SPR.  Get a fluted one if you want it a bit fancier.
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 9:54:19 PM EDT
Depends on budget.  The following are excellent barrel makers at different prices.

Ballistic Advantage
White oak armory
Rock Creek
Ranier Ultramatch
JP Rifles

Never shot or owned a Hart or Bartlein but they have an excellent reputation.
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 10:01:59 PM EDT
LaRue is midlength.

Rifle is better.
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 10:05:02 PM EDT
Discussion ForumsJump to Quoted PostQuote History
LaRue is midlength.

Rifle is better.
View Quote
I prefer rifle myself.
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 11:42:56 PM EDT
I only have one rifle length barrel in .223 wylde. The rest (7) are midlength except for 2 carbine shorter barrels. Rifle length has zero differences over my midlengths. It is pointless in anything under 20" IMO. The recoil is the same, accuracy is the same, ejection patterns are the same, reliability is the same.
Link Posted: 8/25/2017 1:27:13 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/25/2017 5:12:04 PM EDT
Discussion ForumsJump to Quoted PostQuote History

A pleasure to be mentioned. Sounds like the GUNNER, Flame, or even the fluted barrel would meet OP's requirements.

Let us know how we can help!
View Quote
Tell AIM to hurry up and stock an 18" flame fluted match with pinned gas block please.
Link Posted: 8/26/2017 9:42:47 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/29/2017 1:50:06 AM EDT
Nobody mentioned Noveske, I have a lightweight 18" modified midlength that shoots bullets into really small groups. The thing is they are pretty expensive, If I was looking for another 18" I'd take a chance on something in the $200 range.
Link Posted: 8/29/2017 2:00:14 AM EDT
I would also add Green Mountain to that list...but i agree with all of the above, all are awesome choices, i have Larue, BA, Faxon, GM barrels on my spr's
Close Join Our Mail List to Stay Up To Date! Win a FREE Membership!

Sign up for the ARFCOM weekly newsletter and be entered to win a free ARFCOM membership. One new winner* is announced every week!

You will receive an email every Friday morning featuring the latest chatter from the hottest topics, breaking news surrounding legislation, as well as exclusive deals only available to ARFCOM email subscribers.

By signing up you agree to our User Agreement. *Must have a registered ARFCOM account to win.
Top Top