AR-15 bull barrel pros/cons

AR-15 bull barrel pros/cons

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    AR-15 bull barrel pros/cons

    Just wondering the pros and cons of a bull barrel on an AR-15.
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    Great for long distance high round count shooting (think prairie dogs) due to stiffness and mass of the barrel. Heavy as holy heck if you have to hump it.
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    I saw one in the store today within my price range. It was pretty heavy, but I don't really mind.
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    Pros? Usually a slower twist rate for heavier bullets (1 x 7) .....varmint hunting, heat, vibration, accuracy.
    Cons? Weight and length.
    Best thing about the AR15 platform is........(you might have guessed already)....changing upper assemblies. Different calibers and different profiles. Modular platform. Uppers are less expensive than the whole rifle, and you don't need to go through FFL for shipping or sales unless it's class III.

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    Would one with a bull barrel be a decent choice for just HD? I'm not really concerned about the weight, is there any reason not to buy one that has it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sgb View Post
    Great for long distance high round count shooting (think prairie dogs) due to stiffness and mass of the barrel. Heavy as holy heck if you have to hump it.
    SGB nailed it. Bull barrels are HEAVY!

    What is the intended use of the gun? A bull barrel on a fighting gun is heavy, slow and cumbersome. A bull barrel on a prairie dog rig that sits in a mechanical rest is the bee's knees.

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    I saw one in the store today within my price range. It was pretty heavy, but I don't really mind.
    You certainly would mind if you had to hump it. The AR is a very versatile platform and the standard weight 16 inch barrel is a darn good all around barrel.

    I have a BCM DM gun that I built about a year ago and it shoots GREAT. Its the most accurate gun I own but it's also the heaviest. I keep thinking about selling it but then I feel guilty. It's just too nice to part with. It's just so specialized that it's not very practical for HD and I'm flat out of ground hogs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by atctimmy View Post
    SGB nailed it. Bull barrels are HEAVY!

    What is the intended use of the gun? A bull barrel on a fighting gun is heavy, slow and cumbersome. A bull barrel on a prairie dog rig that sits in a mechanical rest is the bee's knees.



    You certainly would mind if you had to hump it. The AR is a very versatile platform and the standard weight 16 inch barrel is a darn good all around barrel.

    I have a BCM DM gun that I built about a year ago and it shoots GREAT. Its the most accurate gun I own but it's also the heaviest. I keep thinking about selling it but then I feel guilty. It's just too nice to part with. It's just so specialized that it's not very practical for HD and I'm flat out of ground hogs.
    It is mainly for HD/SHTF, still not a good choice?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burns View Post
    It is mainly for HD/SHTF, still not a good choice?
    For HD shorter/lighter is the was to go. The one on the left is a 16" carbine compared to it's 11.5" cousin.

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    The one that I'm looking at doesn't have any kind of flash hider, is there any logical reason I would want one?

    And if I can't find a rifle with a normal barrel in my price with everything I want, would getting the DPMS with the bull barrel still be a decent choice? The more I look stuff up the more good things I hear about them, besides the weight.
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    The heavy barrel is also slower to move.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burns View Post
    It is mainly for HD/SHTF, still not a good choice?
    No it isn't. Bull barrels are for long distance applications and would be slow and clumsy as a HD tool.

    My HD AR has a 14.5 inch standard contour barrel (with a pinned A2X flash hider to save me $200).

    Be patient. Find the right gun. If you buy the wrong one you'll just be shopping again in six months.
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    Here look at this one. Move fast if you like it cause they'll be gone FAST.

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    OK. It seems every single rifle I mention someone has a problem with haha. I have it narrowed down to 3 in the past month.

    Doublestar

    Doublestar Star 15 M4 16" 6 Pos. Stock 5.56 $669.00 SHIPS FREE

    DPMS Oracle

    DPMS Oracle Semi-Automatic 223 Remington/5.56 NATO 30+1 Cap $629.00 SHIPS FREE



    S&W

    S&W M&P-15 SPORT 5.56 16" 10+1 CA Compliant $649.00 SHIPS FREE
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    IMO.....your choices thus far seem overpriced to me for what you want. With rail hand guards, BCG, flat top, sights, charging handle, chrome line bore, (complete upper). Maybe fine for the price. I wasn't interested in checking the links.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burns View Post
    OK. It seems every single rifle I mention someone has a problem with haha. I have it narrowed down to 3 in the past month.

    Doublestar

    Doublestar Star 15 M4 16" 6 Pos. Stock 5.56 $669.00 SHIPS FREE

    DPMS Oracle

    DPMS Oracle Semi-Automatic 223 Remington/5.56 NATO 30+1 Cap $629.00 SHIPS FREE



    S&W

    S&W M&P-15 SPORT 5.56 16" 10+1 CA Compliant $649.00 SHIPS FREE
    I have been looking at that S&W as well. But for slightly more you can get a PSA, and slightly more than that you can get a Rock River, and then a Colt.

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