Our Barrels: Bartlein Barrels, Krieger Barrels, Shilen, and J. Lederer

Our Barrels: Bartlein Barrels, Krieger Barrels, Shilen, and J. Lederer

Currently Bullet Central sells 4 different brands; Bartlein Barrels, Krieger Barrels, J. Lederer Barrels, & Shilen Barrels. In this article we will help you determine the difference between them.

Bartlein Barrels

Bartlein Barrels have been in the industry for over 15 years.  On their website they claim that;

our machines are so accurate, we can carry the twist rate to the 4th decimal point (example: 11.3642).

Their process is done using the Single Point Cut Rifling method, which is the most stress free way to rifle a barrel.  This ensures that the twist is exact and that the bore and groover dimensions are uniform.  Bartlein Barrels also pre-laps their barrels before any rifling is done, and then finish up the lap after rifling.

Krieger Barrels

Krieger Barrels have been around since 1982, and believe that the most important part of the barrel is the steel it’s made out of.  Because of this they only accept the best steel they can get, no matter the cost.  So they run tests to determine if their steel is good or bad before using it for a barrel.  This is also the reason they do not offer multiple grades of steel in their barrels, all of their barrels must meet the same standards from start to finish. They also use the single point cut rifling method and the same lapping method as Bartlein.

Shilen Barrels

Shilen Rifles, Inc was founded in 1955, their barrels come in two different grades; Select Match Grade and Match Grade.  The Select Match grade must air gauge within .0003″ of their standard diameter and the uniformity of the bore cannot vary more than .0001″. While the Match grade must measure within .0005″ of their standard diameter and no more than .0003 variation in the groove.

J. Lederer Barrels

J. Lederer makes benchrest quality barrels that are single point cut-rifled and hand lapped.

 

Contours available for Bartlein Barrels (For more thorough information on Bartlein Barrel contours, click here)

For more information about each contour checkout Bartlein Barrel’s website;

Sporter Barrel Contours

Bartlein Barrels Sporter Barrel Contours
Descriptions A B C D E F Wght
0 Featherweight #2 1.200 2.000 6.000 0.900 23″ 0.580
24″ Blank
2.60#
1 Win Featherweight 1.150 2.000 6.000 0.745 23″ 0.560
CM only
24″ Blank
2.00#
2 Standard Sporter 1.200 2.750 6.000 0.800 24″ 0.600
CM only
2.80#
2″B” Medium Sporter 1.200 2.750 6.000 0.850 24″ 0.630 3.20#
3 Heavy Sporter 1.200 2.750 6.000 0.870 26″ 0.670 3.50#
3″B” Lt. Bull Sporter 1.200 2.750 6.000 0.900 26″ 0.700 4.00#
4 Bull Sporter 1.200 2.750 6.000 1.000 26″ 0.750 4.50#
13 Rem. Varmint/Sendero 1.250 2.000 4.350 0.950 26″ 0.830 4.65#

REM 700 Sporter Contours

Bartlein Barrels REM 700 Sporter Contours
Descriptions A B C1 C2 D1 D2 E F
19 Rem MAG Sporter 1.250 1.500 4.250 6.000 0.920 0.835 25″ 0.660 @ 24″
20 Rem Standard Sporter – CM only 1.200 1.250 5.750 N/A 0.790 N/A 24″ 0.660 @ 22″

Ruger RPR

Ruger RPR Contour
Descriptions A B C D E F
21 Standard RPR 1.180 1.600 1.000 24 0.775 1.000
22 Heavy RPR 1.180 1.600 1.000 26 0.830 1.000

 

Straight Taper/Match Contours

Bartlein Barrels Straight Taper/Match Contours
Descriptions A B C D Wght
5 Standard Target 1.200 2.750 .820 26″ 6.00#
6 Heavy Target 1.250 2.750 .875 26″ 6.50#
7 MTU 1.250 2.750 .930 26″ 7.00#
8 Light Varmint 1.200 5.000 .875 28″ 7.00#
9 Heavy Varmint 1.250 5.000 .900 28″ 7.45#
14 M24/M40 1.200 3.000 .900 26″ 6.20#
15 Hunter Class 1.250 4.000 .750 26″ 6.00#
16 #8 LV Modified 1.200 2.000 .900 23″ 5.70#
17 #9 HV Modified 1.250 2.000 .935 26″ 6.15#

Palma Contours

Bartlein Barrels Palma Contours
Descriptions A B C D E F Wght
10 Light Palma 1.250 3.000 5.500 .900 30″ .750 4.50#
11 Medium Palma 1.250 3.000 5.500 .900 30″ .820 5.35#
12 Heavy Palma 1.250 3.000 5.500 1.000 30″ .900 6.50#
18 Whitley Med. Palma 1.250 3.000 5.500 .950 30″ .830 5.65#
#23 Marksman 1.250 3.000 5.500 .970 28″ .870 5.3#

Bolt Action Contours available for Krieger Barrels (For more thorough information on Krieger Contours, click here)


 Sporter Contours

Contour Breech Dia. (A) Breech Length (B) Muzzle Dia. (C) Finish Length (D) Blank Length (E) Neck Length (F) Neck Dia. (G) Weight (LBS)
#0-Featherweight 1.250 1.25 0.560 22.00 27 6.00 0.760 2.0
#1- Light Sporter 1.250 2.25 0.560 24.00 27 6.00 0.760 2.5
#2-Standard Sporter 1.250 2.75 0.600 24.00 27 6.00 0.800 2.8
#3-Medium Sporter 1.250 2.75 0.630 24.00 27 6.00 0.830 3.0
#4-Heavy Sporter 1.250 2.75 0.670 26.00 27 6.00 0.870 3.5
#5-Bull Sporter 1.250 2.75 0.700 26.00 27 6.00 0.900 4.0
#5-Bull Sporter PLUS 1.250 2.75 0.700 26.00 27 6.00 0.940 4.0
Rem Varmint 1.250 2.20 0.830 26.00 27 4.70 0.960 4.5
#6-Heavy Bull Sporter 1.250 2.75 0.750 26.00 27 6.00 1.000 4.5

Match Contours

Contour Breech Dia. (A) Breech Length (B) Muzzle Dia. (C) Finish Length (D) Blank Length (E) Weight (LBS)
#7-Light Target 1.200 2.75 0.750 26.00 27 5.5
#8-Standard Target 1.200 2.75 0.820 26.00 27 6.0
#20-Benchrest Short 1.200 4.50 0.900 23.00 24 5.2
#18-Light Varmint 1.200 5.00 0.875 28.00 29 6.5
M24 (USAMU) 1.200 2.00 0.900 26.00 27 6.0
#9-Heavy Target 1.250 2.75 0.875 26.00 27 6.5
#10-Heavy Bull Target 1.250 2.75 0.930 26.00 27 7.0
#19-Hunter 1.250 4.00 0.750 26.00 27 6.0
#17-Heavy Varmint 1.250 5.00 0.900 28.00 29 7.0

Palma Contours

Contour Breech Dia. (A) Breech Length (B) Muzzle Dia. (C) Finish Length (D) Blank Length (E) Neck Length (F) Neck Dia. (G) Weight (LBS)
#16-Light Palma 1.250 2.50 0.750 30.00 31 5.00 0.900 4.5
#15-Standard Palma 1.250 2.50 0.820 30.00 31 5.00 0.920 5.5
#14-Heavy Palma 1.250 2.50 0.900 30.00 31 5.00 1.000 6.5

Straight Contours

Contour Breech Dia. (A) Muzzle Dia. (C) Finish Length (D) Blank Length (E) Weight (LBS)
#11-SS Straight Blank 1.250 1.250 28.00 29 10.0
#11-CM Straight Blank 1.300 1.300 28.00 29 10.0
#12-SS Oversize OD 1.450 1.450 28.00 29 13.0
#12-CM Oversize OD 1.450 1.450 28.00 29 13.0
#13-50 BMG 2.000 2.000 36.00 37 32.0

 

Contours available for Shilen Barrels (For more thorough information on Shilen Contours, click here)

Shilen Contour Dimensions (inches)
Contour # A B C D E F G Weight at
G length
  1 Featherweight **(.308 or smaller)** 1.220 .700 .550 2.5 6 20 22 2 lbs 10oz.
  2 Lightweight (.338 and smaller) 1.220 .765 .575 2.5 6 24 26 3 lbs 3oz.
  3 Sporter (.358 and smaller) 1.220 .815 .625 2.5 6 24 26 3 lbs 7oz.
  4 Magnum Sporter (.375 and smaller) 1.220 .860 .650 3.0 6 26 28 3 lbs 14oz.
  5 Lightweight Varmint 1.220 .910 .700 3.0 6 26 28 4 lbs 8oz.
  5-1/2 Medium Weight Varmint 1.220 .960 .750 3.0 6 26 28 4 lbs 14oz.
  6 Lightweight Target [1] 1.220 .750 3.0 26 28 6 lbs
  7 LV Light Varmint [2] 1.220 .840 3.0 26 28 6 lbs 12oz
  7 Standard Varmint [2] 1.220 .890 4.0 26 28 7 lbs 1oz.
  7 HV Heavy Varmint [2] 1.220 .940 5.0 26 28 7 lbs 8oz.
  8 Heavy Bull Barrel 1.220 1.000 3.0 26 28 7 lbs 12oz.
  9 Rimfire Target [1] 1.125 .825 4.0 26 28 5 lbs 12oz.
  10 Benchrest Special [3] 1.250
thru
1.450
30
  11 Straight Barrel (customer choose diameter) 1.230
(Max)
  12 Super Size [3] -add diameter to any contour +.050-+.150″ +.050-+.150 +.050-+.150 same same same 30
  17 Remington Varmint (Sendero) 1.220 .940 .830 2.0 4.5 24 28 5 lbs
  18 Remington Standard [4] 1.220 .735 .650 8 25 26 2 lbs 8oz
  19 Remington Magnum [4] 1.220 .795 .650 8 25 26 3 lbs
  LP Light Palma 1.220 .900 .800 2.0 4.5 30 32 4.5 lbs
  MP Standard Palma 1.220 1.000 .800 2.5 5 30 32 5.5 lbs
  HP Heavy Palma 1.220 1.000 .900 2.5 5 30 32 6.5 lbs
 46 Mag Suppressed Our #4 contour with a swell back up to .880 from the 16.5″to 19″.  19″  3lbs 3oz.

Contours currently available for J Lederer Barrels (for more information call +1 701 371 4444)

  • Lederer .243(6mm), 13.5 twist, Light Varmint, 27″ blank

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Back in 2015 Precision Rifle series wrote an article about what barrels the top 100 PRS shooters used, to summarize here were the results;

Top Barrel Brand: Bartlein

Top Contour: Heavy Palma

Top Barrel Length: 26″ (this varied depending on the caliber, but 26 was the most common)

 

Krieger ranked in the top 2% for brands.

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