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Posted: 10/28/2001 5:19:54 PM EST
Getting my 16" barrel cut down to a 14.5" , and it has been suggested to me by some that this will decrease the reliability of cycling etc...Any truth to this? Input greatly appreciated from those of you that know more than I.
Link Posted: 10/28/2001 5:26:21 PM EST
I doubt you will have any problems going to the 14.5" barrel length. The gas system is the same and I don't think the loss of 1.5" will make that much difference for you.
Link Posted: 10/28/2001 7:02:51 PM EST
dont go any shorter than the 14 inch barrel or you will get some problems cycling. to overcome this you need to load with a faster powder, this increases gas preasure to help operate the gas system. still if you reload stay inside the envelope of safety...pat
Link Posted: 10/28/2001 8:50:13 PM EST
I have a 14.5" barrel on my bushmaster and never have any cycling problems.
Link Posted: 10/29/2001 2:03:30 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/29/2001 1:58:25 AM EST by mr_wilson]
IMHO the 11.5" w/ 5.5" flash suppressor or the SBR w/ 11.5", provided it is manufactured by Bushmaster or FN is the shortest barrel one can rely on to function with 100% reliablity.

Smaller than 11.5" and you will find they get quite finiky, you can tune them in some cases to function, but they will generally only function on the lower that has been tweeked and installation on a different lower will generally result in lack of consistent function.


PS. the 11.5" SBR is currently in use by quite a few SWAT/DEA entry teams here in the Lone Star State.
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