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Old 01-04-2008, 08:49 AM
Sid Post Sid Post is offline
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Bushing barrel vs. bull barrel vs. cone barrel?

How do these different barrels shoot? What effect do they have on recoil? Are they hard to field strip or is there anything else not obvious to the novice?

I'm looking at getting a 40S&W 1911. I like the look of the cone barrels with the stub weight but, bull barrels seem much more popular. A standard bushing barrel would be legal for IDPA but, that is not a requirement. I'm really curious how these barrels shoot in terms of "feel" and recoil. If it matters, I do not want a Tac Rail or Full Dustcover frame.

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Old 01-04-2008, 12:27 PM
SpecStingPL SpecStingPL is offline
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I like the look of the coned bbls too. However, I like my guns to be accurate and I know that with the bbl bushing I can get better results. This is because the bushing-barrel-slide fit can be adjusted/tightened to get a tighter group.

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Old 01-04-2008, 01:47 PM
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Yea, that makes a lot of sense. Three parts can be tighter than two parts. If properly fitted there should really be no difference inaccruacy or reliability. The weight of the bull/cone might help slightly with recoil since it weighs more, but for many shooters that would not be all that noticable. Bull barrels require a different take down procedure which some don't like, I find just as easy, but different.
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Old 01-04-2008, 02:08 PM
sholling sholling is offline
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I prefer to keep my full sized pistols as versatile as possible, and that means IDPA legal. With a bushing you get accuracy and versatility. But that's just my taste. Some are more more into the pistol as artwork, where I'm into tradition, functionality, versatility and precision as artwork. Both are completely valid points of view.

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