I have one last 50ish grain to put out from a few weeks ago yet which is 52 grain black hills re-manufactured. I hope to process that soon and get on to other things.
During the memorial day deals I decided to go ahead and retire my PSA 10.5 barrel which was at just under 13k rounds of junk ammo. The groups have opened up and I wanted to replace it with something to share a shorter barrel velocities in future tests. I was able to find a Ballistic Advantage Hanson profile 10.3 barrel. It won’t sit in an identical set up like we did for our semi lightweight rundown simply because I don’t think we got much return on that and I have a current rifle that is simply being re-barreled. I also purchased a Faxon 18 inch gunner barrel as I have seen lots of talk about them and wanted to purchase one. I considered purchasing a BA hanson in that length but I don’t really have any brand allegiance so I went with something I wanted to have. We could add a half dozen varying sizes or configurations to any test but in the end I just want to get some decent data out there for people who might use it. It should be noted that I paid for those barrels receiving the same discount any shopper would have received at the same time. I purchased them from a 3rd party dealer and made no reference to the fact that they would be used for any form of reporting. I see pretty steady social media presence from both barrel makers and look forward to the results.
When those two barrels arrive I will begin a 55 grain shoot out using lots of cheaper varieties many new shooters or people on a budget can get hands on. The test will compare the BA 10.3, BA 16 and Faxon 18. Im not 100% on which ammo brands and versions I will shoot. I have a pretty large collection of different things but am a fan of stopping by a gun shop and shooting something I wouldn’t regularly shoot. This test will likely take a big step away from the MOA groupings we have seen with some of the higher grade ammo types. I wasn’t very excited to be spending money on barrels instead of ammunition but its always good to start at a known quality and quantity.
New Barrel data below
Faxon 18inch Gunner found HERE
- Barrel Type: Button Rifled
- Barrel Caliber: 5.56 NATO
- Barrel Twist: 1:8
- Barrel Length: 18″
- Barrel Profile: GUNNER Light Hybrid
- Barrel Gas System: Rifle Length
- Inside Finish: QPQ Nitride
- Outside Finish: QPQ Nitride
- Muzzle Thread: 1/2-28 TPI (Threads Per Inch)
- Gas Block Diameter: .625″
- Gas Port Diameter: .093″
- Gas Block Journal Length: 1.9″
- Barrel Extension: M4
- Weight: 1.44 lbs
- Magnetic Particle Inspected!
- 11-degree Target Crown
From BA website found HERE
|Material||416R Stainless Steel|
|Gas System Length||Carbine|
|Gas Block Journal||1.03″ Gas Block Seat for .625″ Low Profile Gas Blocks Only|
|Twist Rate||1:8 inches|
|Other Info||HP and MPI Tested|