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I have a 18” WOA barrel that I used last year and I want a 16” for this year. I don’t want to break the bank but I want a pretty sweet barrel. 

What do you guys recommend? Twist and make? 

shooting mostly 55g bullets. 

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I'm still liking my Stretch16, but don't consider it cheap. I had a lilja (18") made early on and it'll shoot well under 1/2" at 100 yards with good factory or my handloads.


I've used some Odins, they make a light profile, and had good accuracy out of 3-4 of those now. 


I also have a couple faxons that have shot quite well in 16" with their gunner and pencil profiles 8 twist. I would absolutely buy another one of them, easily at or under 1 MOA with most decent ammo I've put through.


Final note, got my first BA, and was pleasantly surprised. Hanson series 8 twist - hangs in there with many much more expensive tubes and don't think it would hold most back as far as accuracy for run and gun.  That being said, I may have gotten a good one, but knowing others who have shot them and reading online I think they are doing some good stuff down there for the price!


There you have a few options across the price spectrum, I'm sure everyone has a list but that's my $0.02.


Right now maybe whatever is in stock is a good one to get though :) Kinda sad out there unfortunately, but with persistence you'll find what you're after

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On 2/14/2021 at 4:22 PM, Atlasguy321 said:

I have a 18” WOA barrel that I used last year and I want a 16” for this year. 

Cut the 18" down to 16" if it's got plenty of life left in it.

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The Criterion Core barrels have the most interesting profile to me right now. They taper down to pencil profile slowly, so the mass is where it's needed for best distribution of weight and heat. Should be affected less by heat and still very light. Unfortunately the 16" version is not rifle length gas.


If money is a big concern, cut down what you have or a Faxxon gunner 18".

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