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Posted: 12/25/2003 3:25:20 PM EDT
Both Colt and Bushmaster barrels are made of 4150 steel, which is better than most other brands' 4140 barrels.  Colt is about 1/3 more expensive than Bushy.  Is Colt really that much better than Bushmaster or is just in the name only?  I'm happy with either 1/7 or 1/9 twist so that does not matter.  

Please help me choose between Colt and Bushmaster barrels if the price cost was the same.
Link Posted: 12/25/2003 3:33:03 PM EDT
If you are happy with 1:9 twist then go for a Bushmaster, no doubt about it.  If you want a 1:7 twist and can wait a little while then order one of these: [url=http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=2&f=28&t=139428]Special 16" 1:7 twist barrels[/url] [;)]

If you have to have a 1:7 now then look on the Equipment Exchange and find a Colt barrel.  I bought a new 20" Colt barrel for $180 about 2 months ago and [b]right2keep[/b] just had a few FN barrels for $155! [url]http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=7&f=22&t=190127[/url]
Link Posted: 12/25/2003 5:12:17 PM EDT
some good prices.  what I am asking though is if Colt barrel is truly better than Bushmaster.  I'm fine with either 1/7 or 1/9, but it's the accuracy and the durability that I'm concerned of.  By the way this is for 20".
Link Posted: 12/25/2003 6:13:13 PM EDT
IMHO, they are dead even when it comes to accuracy and durability.  What it really will comes down to is availability [;)]

Honestly, you're probably not going to see any difference in accuracy between the two.
Link Posted: 12/25/2003 11:57:47 PM EDT
I agree with the above.  Between Colt and Bushmaster barrels the only variables would be price and availability.  (Since twist is N/A.)

I would go the bushmaster route.  With the $$$ saved you can pick up some spare mags, ammo, optics, etc.
Link Posted: 12/26/2003 7:22:43 AM EDT
no diff save the cash get the bushy.
Link Posted: 12/26/2003 8:32:14 AM EDT
If you wanted a 1x7 20" bushmaster has those too. Save the money go with bushmaster.
Link Posted: 12/26/2003 8:39:18 AM EDT
Since we're talking about saving money here why not buy one of the new FN 1:7 twist 20" barrels from [blue]right2keep[/blue]?  He's selling them for only $155.  The gov't profile Bushmaster barrel is $185.

Keep you eye on the EE too because I bought a brand new, gov't profile, chrome-lined, 1:7 twist, Colt barrel for $180 a couple of months ago and I've seen several others pop up since then.
Link Posted: 12/26/2003 10:11:47 AM EDT
Have 1/7 Colt barrels on all my AR's, including the pre-ban Bushmaster, pre-ban PWA, and even the pre-ban Colt.
Link Posted: 12/26/2003 11:44:37 AM EDT
I have 2 of each "brand" and there's no difference at all other than their markings.  All are fully chrome lined.  

I won't buy barrels other than these two brands and there's nothing between them to choose which is "better."

-- Chuck
Link Posted: 12/26/2003 11:58:37 AM EDT
So the mfg process by Colt and Bushmaster is the same for the barrel?  Or maybe they even contract out to the same place to make them.  They both "Mag Particle" test the barrel right?

The talk of the FN barrels, those should also be MilSpec since FN is a govt contractor now right?  Is it also chromelined and MP'd?  Any review or feedback regarding its quality vs. Colt and Bush?
Link Posted: 12/26/2003 12:55:23 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/26/2003 1:05:32 PM EDT
There are three differences.  First as stated one has a B and one a C on the barrel.

The other differences are the fed ramps on the Colt carbine barrels are of the extended type while they are the standard type on Bushmaster.

Bushmaster assebles the front sight base to the barrel then parks the unit.  Colt parks the pieces then assembles them. If you remove the front sight base on a Bushy there will be a strip of uncoated barrel where the solution could not get in.  For practical purposes those differences mean nothing.  You can get either barrel in military profiles in 1/9 or 1/7 twists.
Link Posted: 12/26/2003 3:07:29 PM EDT
Bushmaster will add the extended feed ramps if you ask for them.
Link Posted: 12/26/2003 9:10:57 PM EDT
Thats news to me as they have stated repeatedly they will not.
Link Posted: 12/27/2003 9:31:19 AM EDT
A Colt Carbine barrel will also have a slightly higher front site base.
Link Posted: 12/27/2003 5:00:54 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/27/2003 5:21:40 PM EDT
You are correct Sir. Should have added that.
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