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Posted: 8/23/2017 11:17:40 PM EST
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 12:47:18 AM EST
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 12:54:28 AM EST

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 3:14:07 AM EST
Faxon GUNNER barrel, light and very accurate.
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 8:02:02 AM EST
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 8:09:29 AM EST
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 10:01:45 AM EST
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 1:44:43 PM EST
JP Rifles
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 8:30:05 PM EST
White Oak SPR.  Get a fluted one if you want it a bit fancier.
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 8:54:19 PM EST
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 9:01:59 PM EST
LaRue is midlength.

Rifle is better.
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 9:05:02 PM EST
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LaRue is midlength.

Rifle is better.
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I prefer rifle myself.
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 10:42:56 PM EST
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 12:27:13 PM EST
Link Posted: 8/25/2017 4:12:04 PM EST
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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!
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Tell AIM to hurry up and stock an 18" flame fluted match with pinned gas block please.
Link Posted: 8/26/2017 8:42:47 AM EST
Link Posted: 8/29/2017 12:50:06 AM EST
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 1:00:14 AM EST
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
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