Bartlein or PVA

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I expect this answer to be obvious but looking to replace my Tikka T3X 6.5cm barrel. Should I go Bartlein or PVA?
 

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Bartlein is a barrel maker. You can have them do the work though.
PVA is a Smith so you can get other barrels including bartlein...
Either would be fine
PVA has their own blanks as well cut and button.
I think that’s what the OP is asking.
OP, I’d get whatever you can get readily.
All the good cut rifled barrel are GTG and many button barrels are excellent as well.
 

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Nothing but Bartlein barrels for my custom rifles. With that said, if weight is a concern, I really like the Proof Research Carbon fiber barrels, the one I have in 300 WM shoots .5 inch groups.
 

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Weight isn't a concern. It will be used for more of a bench rifle. Bartlein seems the way to go to me. Pricing a PVA out for cut rifled, install on my atction, and brake combo is $843. Bartlein is almost half the price but I may have to pay as much in the end to get it installed properly, so I don't know.
 

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Yup you need to price correctly. Bartlein makes great barrels and also does installation. The blanks are about $350 and then you add the cost of work which is on their site. See link below. PVA price is right about what a barrel and install would cost I have had PVA put a Bartlein barrels on my rifles and also have an action at Bartlein now getting a couple barrels put on. Both are excellent choices. No wrong decision here.

 

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Weight isn't a concern. It will be used for more of a bench rifle. Bartlein seems the way to go to me. Pricing a PVA out for cut rifled, install on my atction, and brake combo is $843. Bartlein is almost half the price but I may have to pay as much in the end to get it installed properly, so I don't know.
Call bartlein they install also...
 

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Weight isn't a concern. It will be used for more of a bench rifle. Bartlein seems the way to go to me. Pricing a PVA out for cut rifled, install on my atction, and brake combo is $843. Bartlein is almost half the price but I may have to pay as much in the end to get it installed properly, so I don't know.
You’ll pay the same in the end or very close to it.

Prior to going with pre fits, I was buying blanks and sending them to LRI for the fitting.

Using Proof pre fits in comp contour now. They’re almost half the price.
 
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Where are you guys ordering your proof pre-fit barrels from? I've had no luck with optics planet.
 

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Direct as well. Direct when I had an order placed. Was able to snag what I needed on the PX so no wait times for me :D
 

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Have gotten 3 barrels from PVA and could not be more pleased. Am blown away with there accuracy every time I go shoot.
 
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I have Bartlein barrels from top smiths, PVA Rock Creek button rifled barrels, Proof Stainless Steel barrels, Rock Creek cut rifled, and they all shoot absolutely stellar accuracy!
 
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Good to know. Thanks for the input. I’ve decided to go with PVA when it’s time.
 

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Good to know. Thanks for the input. I’ve decided to go with PVA when it’s time.
They have been very fast. I ordered two sako trg prefits on Wednesday and they will be here Tuesday. Less than a week from order to received. Quick. These will make number three and four for me from PVA.
 

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Do a Google search on both companies about customer service problems and spend 15 minutes researching.
1 search will bring up multiple threads that are each many pages long of customers who got the short straw in very recent years.
The other search will come up almost empty.
I know which one I would trust with my business.
 

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I think barrels are a lot different than a preordered rifle, if that is what you’re getting at here.
 
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What retailer isn’t backed up on a Black Friday sale? Let alone a smith who makes your item to order.
 

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Also look at Keystone Accuracy. Super responsive and a quick turn around for me, within a week. He runs good sales every few months also.
 

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Also look at Keystone Accuracy. Super responsive and a quick turn around for me, within a week. He runs good sales every few months also.
Just got my first custom barrel from him during his last sale. He uses Krieger for his cut barrels. Great price, had it in my hand in 3 weeks
 

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Have two rifles from PVA and both are excellent in the precision department. One holers!

Josh, head of PVA, takes on a lot of projects at once - design high end fancy solid bullets, moving his shop, raising family, starting a "Production Rifle" line, etc - so his list of goals is sometimes longer than it should be. He is largely thru all the noise and I think gotten the core smithing business down again now.
 

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After listening to Franks last pod cast with Bartlein barrels, Im sold on their stuff. I thought I wanted to go Proof on my next build but my mind is changed to Bartlein.
 
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I have nothing against PVA. I hope they straightened out there issues... that being said there are plenty of options. You can always call Bartlein and ask there turn times... they are also active and support the site and tactical shooting.
 

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Give PVA a call, the most accurate rifle I ever had was one that Josh put on a Gen 1 Big Horn (prior to Zermatt) for my first 6.5CM. The rifle I compared that to was my TacOPs 51.

If you need a brake then his Jet series are looking interesting to me. I've only had a Mad Scientist but for the new build he's making me I'll go with either a Jetblast or the other one - Jet4 I think.