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Bull vs Bushing Barrels...you decide

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by ajgranda, Jan 9, 2010.

  1. ajgranda

    ajgranda

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    Hi,

    Looking to see what most prefer in terms of reliability, accuracy, and longevity.

    A Bull with 4" or Bushing with 4.25"? I'm speaking primarily of semi-custom mfrs such as Wilson Combat w/ 4" Bull vs. Ed Brown and Nighthawk w/4.25 Bushing.

    Thanks
     
  2. Brass Nazi

    Brass Nazi NO BRASS FOR U!

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    If it doesn't have a bushing it's not a 1911.
     

  3. Morgo

    Morgo

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    I have several of both, I prefer bull.
     
  4. gconan

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    Either is fine.
     
  5. bac1023

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    Well, you can say that about a lot of enhancements.

    To me, its still a 1911 and I love bull barrels.
     
  6. bac1023

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    All else being equal a bull barrel is more accurate, having just one point of tolerance.

    I also think they look awesome. :cool:


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  7. Officer's Match

    Officer's Match S.R.D. v

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    I think any accuracy advantage is theoretical as the individual specific hand fitting of either system and the fitting at the link/lug end will be the determining factor to accuracy. Firing dynamics and balance are more significant factors of the bull vs bushing debate. If you want to burn tens of thousands of rounds, I'd no doubt choose the bushing setup that can more easily be refurbed.
     
  8. bac1023

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    Like I said, all else being equal.

    I love both, but there is something very cool about bull barrels in my opinion.
     
  9. MD357

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    Couldn't have said it better. :cool:
     
  10. hoosier#17

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    That Unertl is sharp!!!
     
  11. Brass Nazi

    Brass Nazi NO BRASS FOR U!

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    My post was a poor attempt at some dry humor. I really have no beef with bull barrels but I do prefer the aesthetics of the old school bushing.
     
  12. Officer's Match

    Officer's Match S.R.D. v

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    See, you're teaching me. :wavey:
     
  13. sentinel208

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    I'll stick with bushing barrels,they haven't failed me yet.
     
  14. Officer's Match

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    I do tend to prefer bull's on shorter "ccw" types of 1911 and bushing on 5 inchers. The more muzzle bias is a little helpful on the shorties and especially lightweight alloy framers.
     
  15. GVIFlyer

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    J.M. Browning abandoned the barrel bushing with his later design, the Browning Hi Power. Having said that, I wanted a Commander sized 1911 and bought a hard chrome Les Baer Thunder Ranch Commanche Special and ordered stainless steel Ed Brown Kobra Carry - both of which have bushings. I considered the Bill Wilson Carry, but I just couldn't get my head wrapped around the idea of a bushing-less 1911.
     
  16. bac1023

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    I love the standard setup as well. :cool:
     
  17. bac1023

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    Thanks!

    Its a hell of a shooter too. :)
     
  18. beretta-neo

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    I prefer bull barrels myself. I got a custom Springfield with one in the Summer of 2009 (after an 11 month wait). and, I just ordered another custom springfield with one the week of Christmas (now I have another 11-12 month wait.

    I prefer the setup to a bushing.

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    very nice pistol! worth the wait
     
  20. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    I agree.