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Colduglandon
December 27, 2005, 10:30 PM
I have two questions I hope someone can help me with.

Did the government ever install chrome lined barrels in the M1.

I have a friend who is looking to replace an M1 barrel in 30-06. He is looking for something in new unfired condition. Where should we look for such an item. I checked gunparts.

SamD
December 27, 2005, 10:34 PM
No Chome bbls on the M1
If he wants a match gun, Krieger has them.
if just a shooter he can pick up a Wilson from Midway or Brownells for something like $170 plus whatever it costs to install and headspace

Unclenick
December 27, 2005, 11:57 PM
If your friend wants to compete in the John Garand matches, the Wilson is the only widely available new barrel with a precision bore (0.0002" uniformity tolerance) in the required standard contour. Kreiger has heavy barrels in stainless, but I don't know if he makes a standard contour? Brownells has heavy barrels contoured from Douglas blanks in chrome moly steel by Barnett.

Note that the barrels from Midway are in the white (no finish) while those from Brownells are matte blue. They are retailing for about $195 and $220, respectively. If you know someone who can buy wholesale from Brownells, then you can get theirs for about $177.

None of the above barrels are drop-in. All are short chambered and require finish reaming to the correct headspace. You can get used barrels from various dealers in surplus parts, but some will not be satisfactory from the standpoint of headspace or will have shoulders already set too far back to tighten without taking the sights past 12:00. This can be corrected by a gunsmith with a lathe tool that rolls the shoulder edge back to take up slack, but if you are going to pay a gunsmith anyway, get a new barrel he can give you tight headspace with.

Nick