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Posted: 10/24/2011 10:16:24 AM EDT
Ok, looking at an 18" rifle, however I would like a little input regarding the barrel .
What are the pros and cons of a light contour vs a medium contour barrel. I realize it is a few ounces, how about the balance, shootability, accuracy, heat , longevity?.

How do you prefer it and why. I assume everyone recommends the longest handguard possible?
Link Posted: 10/24/2011 10:38:17 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/24/2011 10:40:57 AM EDT by StealthyBlagga]
I prefer medium contour 18" for 3-gunning. The extra weight adds significant stability and makes me more confident in zero holding as the barrel heats up. To balance the gun I put a MagPul UBR on the back.

I also have a lightweight 16" for those few situations where weight matters, but I find it too nervous to be optimal for 3-gun.






Link Posted: 10/24/2011 6:04:50 PM EDT
Another vote for medium contour. I have it on both my 18" and 16".

Stealthy - Get out of my head!!!

Rich
Link Posted: 10/25/2011 5:05:35 AM EDT
Ok, I see a trend.......
Link Posted: 11/9/2011 12:34:26 PM EDT
So what diameter (roughly) would you all consider medium contour? About .700", .720"?
Link Posted: 11/11/2011 5:38:17 PM EDT
Originally Posted By StealthyBlagga:
I prefer medium contour 18" for 3-gunning. The extra weight adds significant stability and makes me more confident in zero holding as the barrel heats up. To balance the gun I put a MagPul UBR on the back.

I also have a lightweight 16" for those few situations where weight matters, but I find it too nervous to be optimal for 3-gun.

http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg34/stealthyblagga/1816AR15SS15.jpg






nice set up, are these production, or did you put them together? are those aimpoints?

Link Posted: 11/11/2011 6:29:41 PM EDT
I have an 18". Wanted a Med contour, wound up with the DPMS Mark XII heavy barrel. But, that weighty bbl, combined with the rifle length RRA half quad rail forearm, rifle gas, and the phantom comp, makes the gun's recoil about like a .22lr. The rifle is a tad heavy, about 8 pounds, but I used it all this year in 3 gun matches, and it did great.
Link Posted: 11/12/2011 2:26:23 PM EDT
In many instances, I am thinking weight of the rifle may not be as much of a factor for certain sizes and strength of shooters. It actually maybe more stable for them
Link Posted: 11/13/2011 5:18:25 AM EDT
Originally Posted By fastarget:
In many instances, I am thinking weight of the rifle may not be as much of a factor for certain sizes and strength of shooters. It actually maybe more stable for them


Definitely. Soaks up the recoil, and is a stable platform. It's not like you have to carry the thing around all day. Well, as long as you have a cart like 87% of 3-gunners do. ;)

Link Posted: 11/20/2011 11:23:29 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Razzman1:
So what diameter (roughly) would you all consider medium contour? About .700", .720"?


.750

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