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Old 06-25-2010, 15:24   #1
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Bull Barrell

Did a search but did not find much info. Anyway, what would be the pros and cons of getting a bull barrell
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Old 06-25-2010, 15:35   #2
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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
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Old 06-25-2010, 18:04   #3
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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.
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Old 06-25-2010, 18:06   #4
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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.
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Old 06-25-2010, 19:19   #5
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Right, because they give you an advantage.
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Old 06-25-2010, 20:45   #6
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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.
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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.

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.
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Old 06-25-2010, 22:02   #8
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Any difference in reliability?
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Old 06-26-2010, 04:49   #9
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Any difference in reliability?
They have all been equally reliable in my experience.
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Old 06-26-2010, 07:46   #10
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I personally prefer the takedown procedure for a bull barrel over that of a bushing.
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Old 06-27-2010, 07:47   #11
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what would it cost to put one in?
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Old 06-27-2010, 09:52   #12
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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.
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Old 06-27-2010, 10:06   #13
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Which gun are you looking to change to a bull barrel?
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Old 06-27-2010, 12:46   #14
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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
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Old 06-27-2010, 13:07   #15
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And, they just look badass

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Old 06-27-2010, 18:31   #17
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They do look sweet, do they feed ammo better?
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Old 06-27-2010, 19:16   #18
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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.
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They do look sweet, do they feed ammo better?
It really has very little to do with feeding, but they do fire better for many people due to the extra weight up front.
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