OK Bros, I'm looking for a Lighweight Sporter Barrel to put on my '67 10/22 that will fit the standard barrel channel in my Butler Creek Folder. I would prefer one that is around 16" and hopefully with Iron Sites. Any ideas?
Actually there is. If you don't mind having a muzzle-weighted target barrel, there are several companies that make the traditional sporter barrel in about 16 to 16.5", but with a heavier muzzle-weighted end on it, to give it target accuracy. These barrels would fit in traditional sporter stocks, and are lighter than target barrels. Companies that make these include Green Mountain, Lothar Walter, and Volquartsen.
I have the GM 16 1/2 sporter on a 25 year old DSP, no sights but I really like the bbl. It took just a tiny bit of sanding on the chamber end of the bbl. to get it in, I left mine tight tho. It works very well with Velocitors also. Gundoc said he would open up my BC folder to put the GM heavy bbl with sights in, I just haven't made up my mind yet.
Take a look in the gallery for my posts...I have a 10-22 with a factory contour BC carbon fiber barrel that is super light. It is 16 inches long with iron sights...this barrel is awesome! It may be just what you are looking for. Mark
Mark, I have that bbl. also and we are going to have to agree to disagree on this. I think it is a P.O.S. Ugly cheap seams in the carbon plastic, sights that had to be cut to regulate and lousy customer service from B.C. Oh and it doesn't fit in most stocks B.C. or otherwise. the band on the back is too big and makes a pivot point. Maybe there were others that were better, I got mine late in the game and heard they have been discontinued.
Sorry to hear you don't like your barrel. I did notice the seems in the barrel, but if you are very careful...you can remove those. The sights are fine on mine, but I use a scope most of the time. I mounted mine in a factory synthetic stock and it fit just fine; however, I don't use a barrel band. I can't speak for BC's customer service as I have never dealt with them. The rifle is extremely accurate, and it is so light my 7 year old can handle it safely. I think it weighs roughly 4.5 lbs or so with a scope on it. I may be interested in buying yours if you want to part with it. Happy shooting, Mark
"I may be interested in buying yours if you want to part with it. Happy shooting, Mark"
LOL, I sure thought of that, but it's the only gun my woman can cart and I'm not allowed to change it. She has only shot a pistol other than that, and doesn't use a scope. That's the reason for my frustration, I'm stuck. Thanks for the offer tho.
Well that rifle should definately be easy to cart around with that ultra light barrel. I have also found it to be very accurate...good luck man...don't get so frustrated; if mama is happy, then everybody else is happy! :-) Mark
You have given me an idea Mark, I may buy a plastic sporter stock with no bbl band, that would solve the wobble, but since they stuck the sight so far back on that big metal band I don't see any other way to adjust the elevation but buy an even taller front sight. Ugh.
Hmmm...I am rather confused as to why you would need to raise the front sight, or are even having trouble with elevation. Take a look through the gallery and find my 10-22 family. The rifle I am referring to is all black with a scope. The pics arent that great as that was before I got a good camera. I used the plastic factory stock that has the butt stock dipped out and stamped with Ruger. The stock itself is very light, and the barrel fits great...I just didn't use the band. It looks fine too...doesn't look funny without the band. Take a look, and feel free to ask questions. Good luck, Mark
My gun shot high from go, I lowered the rear sight as far as it would go then cut off the bottom and cut out the screw holes to make it go lower. Finally got it to shoot point of aim at 50 yards but hate the way the back sight looks. If you set the BC barrel up next to a factory one you see why, They both have the same rear sight but it is mounted much higher on the BC bbl than the Ruger, also the Ruger front sits on a raised band the BC doesn't. It could just be that the dovetail on my front band is too deep, or the back is too shallow or both. BTW I did consider it was just me, I had two other shooters try it with the same results.
It also might be that if we could pull the bbl. band off my rifle and put it on yours the problem could move from my gun to yours, never tried it without.
If you have a plastic stock the barrel is probably stiffer than the stock. If you have a wood stock, the barrel may give a little with the band is installed and tightened therefore pulling the forward end of the barrel down making the rear sight too high which will cause serious poi issues. I was too lazy to go back up and read! I am on vacation...to lazy to do any work! Like I said...I never reinstalled the band when I installed this barrel. After thinking about it...when I first installed this barrel; it did seem like it was a little high, and I do recall the rifle shooting off using irons. I never sighted the irons in as I put on a scope right away, and I use it 100% of the time. When I get home from colorado; I will take it out and see what I can do. I may even install a band to see what happens. Good luck man...I am sure it is frustrating! Happy shooting! Mark