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#5012864 - 03/05/11 09:23 PM Adams & Bennett 7x57 21" F14 contour
fremont Offline
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Say what you want about A&B barrels, but the new shipment of 21" 7x57 slim contour (F14) barrels were sold out from MidwayUSA in less than 3 days. $84.99/each. I snoozed....and lost.

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#5012884 - 03/05/11 09:37 PM Re: Adams & Bennett 7x57 21" F14 contour [Re: fremont]
Craigster Offline
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Registered: 07/25/05
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Loc: lost coast ca
I built a Mauser in 257 Roberts using one of their F14s. It's a nice light contour, well balanced. And, it shoots quite well.

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#5013522 - 03/06/11 07:12 AM Re: Adams & Bennett 7x57 21" F14 contour [Re: fremont]
260Remguy Offline
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Registered: 12/18/02
Posts: 15633
Loc: NE
Since small ring Mausers are pretty heavy actions, I prefer a heavier/longer barrel on my builds. I'd like to see A&B produce some 24" F34 contour barrel for the small ring Mausers.

JEff

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#5013834 - 03/06/11 08:26 AM Re: Adams & Bennett 7x57 21" F14 contour [Re: 260Remguy]
deg967 Offline
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Registered: 07/19/07
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This subject brings up a question I've had that noone has seemed to answer...allbeit some have tried.
I have heard these barrels shoot good, and sometimes very well. Which leads to the question, " if NOT for a competition or "bettin shoot", why spend many hundreds of dollars MORE on another brand of barrel? Tight groups are tight groups, arent they ? Is it so someone can boast about how much they spent/can spend? OR IS IT something about A&B Barrels that always smell like a turd ?

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#5014215 - 03/06/11 10:27 AM Re: Adams & Bennett 7x57 21" F14 contour [Re: deg967]
pinotguy Offline
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Registered: 05/24/07
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Originally Posted By: deg967
This subject brings up a question I've had that noone has seemed to answer...allbeit some have tried.
I have heard these barrels shoot good, and sometimes very well. Which leads to the question, " if NOT for a competition or "bettin shoot", why spend many hundreds of dollars MORE on another brand of barrel? Tight groups are tight groups, arent they ? Is it so someone can boast about how much they spent/can spend? OR IS IT something about A&B Barrels that always smell like a turd ?


Unfortunately, I can't answer your question directly with first-hand knowledge. A couple of guys I went through CST with used them on personal projects, although I think they chose them more for cost and availability. I have looked at using them myself but they don't quite have the caliber selection I've been in the market for. (If they ever get around to offering some 9.3mm blanks, I'd certainly give one a go.) For a hunting rifle, they should be more than adequate. You can get a "lemon" from any barrel maker.
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#5014237 - 03/06/11 10:32 AM Re: Adams & Bennett 7x57 21" F14 contour [Re: pinotguy]
fremont Offline
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Registered: 09/04/06
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I only have one (F34 35 Whelen that I turned into an AI and cut down to 22"). It is a tackdriver with 225 SGKs over Re-12 or -15 and is suitable enough with 250s. I think I could do better with the 250s but haven't spent the time working up loads. The 225s shoot too well.

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#5014252 - 03/06/11 10:37 AM Re: Adams & Bennett 7x57 21" F14 contour [Re: deg967]
260Remguy Offline
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Registered: 12/18/02
Posts: 15633
Loc: NE
I've used around 20 A&B barrel from MidwayUSA. About 1/2 were short chambered Mauser barrels and, of those 10, I have had 1 barrel that wouldn't shoot. The other 1/2 were Savage specs barrels and all of them have been good, with a couple in 22-250 being exceptionally good.

JEff

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#5014640 - 03/06/11 12:28 PM Re: Adams & Bennett 7x57 21" F14 contour [Re: 260Remguy]
ironeagle_84 Offline
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Registered: 08/30/08
Posts: 10241
Loc: grants pass, oregon
i like what i am hearing as i just ordered one of these for a build i am working on.
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#5014944 - 03/06/11 01:48 PM Re: Adams & Bennett 7x57 21" F14 contour [Re: pinotguy]
deg967 Offline
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Registered: 07/19/07
Posts: 1599
Loc: ARKANSAS
Originally Posted By: pinotguy
Originally Posted By: deg967
This subject brings up a question I've had that noone has seemed to answer...allbeit some have tried.
I have heard these barrels shoot good, and sometimes very well. Which leads to the question, " if NOT for a competition or "bettin shoot", why spend many hundreds of dollars MORE on another brand of barrel? Tight groups are tight groups, arent they ? Is it so someone can boast about how much they spent/can spend? OR IS IT something about A&B Barrels that always smell like a turd ?


Unfortunately, I can't answer your question directly with first-hand knowledge. A couple of guys I went through CST with used them on personal projects, although I think they chose them more for cost and availability. I have looked at using them myself but they don't quite have the caliber selection I've been in the market for. (If they ever get around to offering some 9.3mm blanks, I'd certainly give one a go.) For a hunting rifle, they should be more than adequate. You can get a "lemon" from any barrel maker.

I checked into them a while back but they dont offer a .257 Roberts in Stainless for my model 70...but I will have used and blued before long..I hope

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#5015977 - 03/06/11 06:05 PM Re: Adams & Bennett 7x57 21" F14 contour [Re: deg967]
efw Offline
Campfire 'Bwana

Registered: 11/30/07
Posts: 10640
Loc: Mi.
I built a 257 AI on a Czech Mauser running an F34 contour A&B. It was finished in June of 2008 and I've logged about 1100 rounds on it. While it is a bit heavy for me, it shoots lights out with multiple loads.

It loves the 75 gr VMax, 90 gr Sierra GKHP, and 100 gr Interlocks & Speer HPs. I mean like consistent clover leaves!

Yesterday I took it out to rezero it after having the barreled receiver parkerized and a new stock put on and had one hole 3-5 shot groups with those first three bullets.

Fantastic. Say what you want about these barrels, I've loved mine. Amazing what $90 can buy!
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