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Opinions on Kidd 18" bull barrel or GM 17" heavy tapered sporter

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Hi All,
I'm on the last step of a build and would like some opinions/advice on the two barrels I have it narrowed down to. My gun started life as a 10/22 Deluxe Sporter 22" bbl (Wally World special). I've since sent it to Randy at CPC for a full trigger, bolt and barrel job and I've also fully bedded the action. The gun shoots great and I have no complaints. I'm looking to get a new barrel because I have a suppressor coming and the sporter barrel I have now can't be threaded. So, after a lot of research, internet mostly, I've narrowed my choices to a Kidd 18" fluted bull (.920) barrel or a Green Mountain 17" heavy taper sporter (.920 tapered to .700) barrel. My main goals are accuracy and consistency (i.e., no flyers or cold bore flyers , etc.). I know barrels have been discussed in the past but I'd like to know the current thoughts and opinions. I appreciate any advice, opinions or recommendations that anyone here can offer to me. Thanks for the help.
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I have a Kidd heavy fluted threaded in 16.5" length. It is very consistent with no need to "warm it up". It shoots 1/2" at 50 yards with just about all ammos. Shooting it suppressed seems to keep flyers closer to the main group, but I have no data to back that up.


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The OD is still too small at 16.5" to be threaded. I'm definitely going to have to replace it for a threaded barrel. I'd really like to hear more comments, especially from guys with a Green Mountain barrel.
 

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Perhaps I was speaking too conclusively when I said the OD was too small. To be more precise, my local gunsmith told me that the sporter OD was too small for him to thread and that I should look for a barrel muzzle OD of 0.700" or larger. Regardless, I'm looking to replace my current barrel and I'm now leaning towards either a Kidd 20" lightweight barrel or Kidd 18" fluted bull barrel. I would greatly appreciate everyone's thoughts and opinions on these two Kidd barrels. Thanks
 

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I have the 18" fluted threaded stainless barrel and am very impressed with the accuracy and quality of this barrel. IIRC both of your choices are available in a threaded version from Kidd and also come with a 1/2" guarantee at 50 yds with match ammo.

Pick the one that gives you the weight and balance you are looking for. The stainless will weigh more and balance further forward than the light weight barrel. The lightweight would more closely approximate your gun in it's present configuration.

According to many respected members on this forum, there is virtually no accuracy difference between these two barrels. Both are great choices!
 

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Thanks to all who replied. I went with the 20 inch stainless fluted. The reasons I went with the 20 inch barrel instead of the 18 inch barrel are because ithe 20 inch only weighs 1 ounce more than the 18 inch and Tony Kidd says that his 20 inch barrels are his most accurate.
 

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Guess I'm late to the party. I just got a Kidd SS tapered heavy for my 1022. It just barely fits the widened barrel channel and works great. Kidd quality is very reassuring. Accuracy on first shooting was very good and am further tuning it.
 
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