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Bull Barrell

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by flynlead, Jun 25, 2010.

  1. flynlead

    flynlead

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    Did a search but did not find much info. Anyway, what would be the pros and cons of getting a bull barrell
     
  2. leeward419

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    WIth a bushing you can replace it if/when it wears, with bull barrel you need a new slide i am told, but gosh how many rounds would that take
     

  3. bac1023

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    I love bull barrels.

    Generally speaking, bull barrels are more accurate, do to only having one point of tolerance. A standard bushing barrel has two.
     
  4. Jim Watson

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    Bull barrel adds a little weight to the recoiling mass and will moderate recoil just a little.

    As to accuracy, the NRA guys shooting 50 yard slowfire stubbornly stick to bushing barrels.

    Not allowed in IDPA CDP or USPSA Single Stack.
     
  5. bac1023

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    Right, because they give you an advantage.
     
  6. Jim Watson

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    Sure, it softens the recoil a bit. JUST a bit; I can barely tell a difference. But then there are people who say they can tell a difference in recoil with different brands of powder, too.
     
  7. bac1023

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    I always shoot a little better with a bull, it seems, when all else is equal or similar. My Infinity is the most accurate 1911 I own, in my hands.
     
  8. flynlead

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    Any difference in reliability?
     
  9. bac1023

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    They have all been equally reliable in my experience.
     
  10. ShipWreck

    ShipWreck Beretta 92 Nut!

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    I personally prefer the takedown procedure for a bull barrel over that of a bushing.
     
  11. flynlead

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    what would it cost to put one in?
     
  12. Jim Watson

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    A Storm Lake bull barrel, .45 cal, standard ramp, is $171.
    They offer a drop-in but around here we say that "drop-in" means Drop in on the gunsmith and have him put it in right. Maybe $50 if it is close, maybe $150 if it takes nearly as much work as a gunsmith fit barrel.
     
  13. bac1023

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    Which gun are you looking to change to a bull barrel?
     
  14. flynlead

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    Thinking about either my custom II or the springfield. Also thought about buying a RI and use it as my little project/toy
     
  15. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    And, they just look badass :cool:

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  16. bac1023

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    Sure do :cool:


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  17. flynlead

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    They do look sweet, do they feed ammo better?
     
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    I feel the bull puts the added weight where it's most useful. My Kimber 4" runs great, and is as accurate as any production 5" bushing 1911. In 5" I'd go bushing, because I'm a purist and for parts interchangability. For 4" and less, bull.
     
  19. bac1023

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    It really has very little to do with feeding, but they do fire better for many people due to the extra weight up front.
     
  20. ShipWreck

    ShipWreck Beretta 92 Nut!

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