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Old November 8, 2018, 10:39 PM   #1
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AR Barrel: look at these two and help me decide.

I'm looking to build another AR, a beater, a truck gun, something I don't worry about putting a scratch on. I've got an stripped Anderson slick side upper receiver ordered, and will probably be ordering an Anderson stripped lower soon as well. Am thinking about two barrels for the build.
First is an Anderson .223 Wylde, 16 inch, carbine gas, 1:8, I've used one before, really wasn't a bad barrel. Accuracy was typical for a $100 barrel, nothing special, no better or worse than some of the PSA barrels I've had in the past. But, in my search, I decided to look at Bear Creek, and found a similar barrel for half the price (is 5.56 however, not .223 Wylde but...).
My concern is the old adage "you get what you pay for" and am worried that the BCA barrel might be total [email protected] So, thought I'd let you all see them both, and tell me what you think.

https://www.andersonmanufacturing.co...black-nitride/
https://www.bearcreekarsenal.com/b556cm41618-m

Yes, I know Faxon, and FN and Ballistic are far better barrels, just out of my price range right now. My "real" AR has Ballistic receivers and a Ballistic barrel, this build is just a budget spare.
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Old November 8, 2018, 11:18 PM   #2
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I'd go with the Anderson barrel. When it comes to barrels, you do get what you pay for. Plus, I've read way too many poor reviews about Bear Creek barrels. Listen to what your gut is telling you.
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Old November 9, 2018, 05:32 AM   #3
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I have a Bear Creek 223 Wylde barrel, carbine length, 1-8, and with a very small sample so far it seems to shoot about 3-4 MOA from a front rest, iron sights with my 55gr VMAX reloads. That is literally ALL I know - my very first AR and very first build as well. I look forward to finding out what it does like.
I have heard the same about getting what you pay for but a gunsmith I know actually like BCA barrels for budget builds, if match accuracy is not what's on your mind.
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Old November 9, 2018, 07:45 AM   #4
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I bought a pair of BCA barrels from Primary Arms a couple weeks back. They included stripped uppers for about $180 for the pair. Danged hard to beat that for a knock-around.
One completed upper is dedicated to Hornady "Steel Match" and is in that under 1" @ 100 yards category. The other is fairly impressive throwing Hornady Frontier 55 "match" and Hornady 55 V-max to same POI averaging 1" composite(both loads) groups.
On the other hand, I'm not significantly impressed with the BCA 6.5 Grendel barrel I've been shooting. It's marginally "OK" for deer hunting but an under-achiever for precision shooting.
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Old November 9, 2018, 11:24 AM   #5
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Those BCA barrels seem to be hit or miss when it comes to accuracy.
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Old November 9, 2018, 12:03 PM   #6
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I've heard too many negatives about BCA quality.

I'd prefer the Anderson, based on that, alone.

But, I also have an Anderson 'varmint' barrel (and maybe another?), with a few more in the family. All of us have been quite satisfied. My own Anderson barrel was part of an exercise in seeing how cheaply I could build a half decent .223 varmint upper**; but is on par with my BHW barrel -- the former typically shooting about 3/4 MoA with run of the mill reloads. Given proper attention and bespoke handloads, it would probably do notably better.

One of my brothers has been quite satisfied with a BCA 6.8 barrel, though. I think ed308 said it as plainly as possible: BCA barrels are hit-and-miss.



**(The answer was $93, including the barrel.)
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Old November 9, 2018, 12:05 PM   #7
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Problem solved: $69 !! Primary Arms flash sale !!
https://www.primaryarms.com/ballisti...Flashsale_Cali
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Old November 9, 2018, 08:32 PM   #8
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Nice barrel. I like that it's a mid gas and nitride treated. Could be why it was so cheap since mids aren't as popular for that barrel style. Hope you got one before they sold out.
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Nice barrel. I like that it's a mid gas and nitride treated. Could be why it was so cheap since mids aren't as popular for that barrel style. Hope you got one before they sold out.
Yes, I did manage to snag one this morning shortly after the FlashSale was announced.
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Old November 11, 2018, 05:58 PM   #10
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That BA in mid gas looks sweet. You really hit the nail on the head!
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