a review by Lucas Beitner
Benchmark Barrels is a relatively new barrel maker, that has already made an impact in the shooting community. They have world records to their name (mostly in rim fire). Their barrels are as good as any, and better than most in my opinion. I highly recommend them to any. Barrel makers all seem to go through the same general process. There are button rifled (pushed and pulled) and cut rifled barrels (there are other, less popular ways to rifle), Benchmark does both. Makers of high quality match grade barrels will all have stress relieving and hand lapping to give the best results. Benchmark does all the things the other high end barrel makers do. So what makes Benchmark the ones to use? What do they do that the other guys don’t?
Benchmark Barrels hand-laps a progressive tapper into their barrels. Many barrel makers will mark which ever end of the bore happens to be smaller “muzzle” as this enhances accuracy (you definitely don’t want it to go the other way). Benchmark Barrels has taken this a step further. It is a labor intensive process, but seems to yield barrels of extraordinary accuracy. In my personal experience Benchmark barrels, shoot better, get less copper fouling, have excellent muzzle velocity, and clean easier than other aftermarket barrels I’ve used. That’s not to say I haven’t had good results with other barrel makers. I’ve never had a aftermarket barrel from a big name maker that shot poorly, and have had some where the accuracy was excellent. The overall performance of the Benchmarks just seems to be better. I don’t plan to use anything other than Benchmark’s barrels from here on out. Finally a barrel maker who does something that’s actually different.
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