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Posted: 1/15/2015 1:27:33 PM EST
I am about to start my new build. Here is what I am thinking I want so far: 18" barrel, threaded for muzzle break (can attachment), in .223 wylde. Other than that, I am still researching what brand and other options I should consider. I would rather get a bunch of opinions and research them and "cry once" now buying the right barrel than having issues later.

I have read that Noveske, Wilson Combat, White Oak Armament among others make nice, accurate barrels. Anything else you would recommend that I should check out?

I was thinking of getting a heavier barrel. What contour or diameter barrel would you recommend? Other than weight, are there other things I should consider?

What length gas system? What are the pros and cons for using a rifle length, carbine length, or mid length on an 18" barrel?

Thanks for any and all help and suggestions
Link Posted: 1/15/2015 3:10:53 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/15/2015 3:16:24 PM EST by DSTRBD_ONE]
Noveske, WOA, and Wilson Combat would all be great choices. You also may want to take a look at the Rainier Arms Ultramatch line (uses Shilen blanks), Krieger, Lothar Walther, Lilja, just to name a few. For the best of the best-Bartlein barrels would get my vote. As far as gas system goes, you'd want to look at either a mid length or rifle length. Most offerings for an 18" barrel would come out as a mid length system. A rifle length gas system may produce a little bit softer shooting rifle, but is not necessarily any better than a mid length.
Link Posted: 1/15/2015 6:20:54 PM EST
AR15-Performance is another great option, they offer an 18" fluted (rifle length) SPR barrel (.223 Wylde, 1:8, 5R) that's melonited...I love mine.

They are closed until 1/19/2015 for vacation.
Link Posted: 1/15/2015 6:55:20 PM EST
i have had great results with this barrel
http://shopwilsoncombat.com/Wilson-Combat-Match-Grade-Barrel-556-NATO-Recon-Tactical-18-1-8-Twist-Stainless-Fluted/productinfo/TR-556RC18F-18/
Link Posted: 1/15/2015 9:17:58 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/16/2015 12:26:31 AM EST by NeverMiss556]
I have a 19" barrel from Harris Barrel Works out of Centennial, CO that will shoot 1/2 moa or less all day long.
The barrels are made in house and are very high quality.
Check them out at: http://www.harrisbarrelworks.com/index.html
LOT's of variations to choose from.
Link Posted: 1/15/2015 9:31:45 PM EST
Noveske SS FTW
Link Posted: 1/15/2015 10:48:01 PM EST
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Originally Posted By NeverMiss556:
I have a 18" barrel from Harris Barrel Works out of Tucson, AZ that will shoot 1/2 moa or less all day long.
The barrels are made in house and are very high quality.
Check them out at: http://www.harrisbarrelworks.com/index.html
LOT's of variations to choose from.
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HARRIS GUNWORKS
7399 S. Tucson Way, Suite C-2, Centennial, CO 80112
Phn: (602)432-2871 Fax: (602)942-5327
Link Posted: 1/15/2015 11:50:39 PM EST
I've always had great results from Noveske barrels. For 18" go rifle length gas.
Link Posted: 1/16/2015 12:24:58 AM EST
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HARRIS GUNWORKS
7399 S. Tucson Way, Suite C-2, Centennial, CO 80112
Phn: (602)432-2871 Fax: (602)942-5327
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Originally Posted By nada:
Originally Posted By NeverMiss556:
I have a 18" barrel from Harris Barrel Works out of Tucson, AZ that will shoot 1/2 moa or less all day long.
The barrels are made in house and are very high quality.
Check them out at: http://www.harrisbarrelworks.com/index.html
LOT's of variations to choose from.


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HARRIS GUNWORKS
7399 S. Tucson Way, Suite C-2, Centennial, CO 80112
Phn: (602)432-2871 Fax: (602)942-5327


Ha. I'm glad someones paying attention, it certainly wasn't me!
Well at least I'm right about one thing, they make quality barrels.

One other correction:
Mine is 19", .915" dia, stainless, fluted with an integrated 3 port compensator that I have had for over 13 years.
Link Posted: 1/17/2015 10:07:15 AM EST
Thanks for the responses so far. Is there any advantage in terms of accuracy with either traditional or polygonal rifling?
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 9:23:08 AM EST
As of now I have narrowed my choices to the three below. The noveske is in 5.56 and has polygonal rifling, the rainier is in .223 wylde with "ratchet" rifling, and I believe the Wilson combat has standard rifling a dis in 5.56. Any thoughts as to which one of these barrels you prefer and why? Any help and opinions would be appreciated as I narrow down my choices.

http://www.shopnoveske.com/collections/barrels/products/diplomat-5-56mm-barrel

http://www.rainierarms.com/rainier-arms-ultramatchtm-223-wylde-barrel-18-spr

http://shopwilsoncombat.com/Wilson-Combat-Match-Grade-Barrel-556-NATO-Recon-Tactical-18-1-8-Twist-Stainless-Fluted/productinfo/TR-556RC18F-18/

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