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Old 03-02-2013, 09:06 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Phantom really only needs a small bore barrel. I'd get a .681 lapco barrel for 99 percent of the time, and a detent ring set for the stock barrel for the rest of the the time.
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Old 03-02-2013, 09:09 PM   #32 (permalink)
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I once asked Mike "what phantom accessory or improvement not made by you is the best?" He said, "if you can find them, the two piece phantom threaded barrels for freak inserts." I thought that was an interesting answer. Mine is freak bored, and I think that works fine.
There is some fear that the freak boring weakens the barrel too much. I don't think it does, but I have had a different freak bored phantom barrels that did not screw into the body as far as designed. You may want to measure the barrel, and you could request that the person boring it makes it the same length after the freak insert is inside of it. I think some guys are a little scared to bore it that far.
The two things to be aware of is the depth of the boring and the diameter of the boring. My current barrel is about 1/8" too shallow and it stops about one thread too short (hasn't been a problem in the 5 years I have used it). I had another barrel, bored by a less-than-competent machinist (no longer relevant in the industry though), that snapped at the threads after a few months. Just make sure the machinist doing it understands the work involved and you won't have problems (SSC here is great, he has done two barrels for me).

Phantom threaded Freak backs are no longer made so they can be difficult to get a hold of. A DW Fibur in Phantom threading should be stronger than boring the stock barrel.
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Old 03-03-2013, 11:56 AM   #33 (permalink)
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Thanks guys! i think I will go with freak boring. Does anyone know if Rainman does freak boring? As I am going to send my Phantom to him for anno so I rather just get it done all at once.
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Old 03-03-2013, 12:28 PM   #34 (permalink)
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Phantom threaded Freak backs are no longer made so they can be difficult to get a hold of. A DW Fibur in Phantom threading should be stronger than boring the stock barrel.
This fact saddens me as I wouldn't mind getting one but the search won't be the easiest. The DW Fibur is a great barrel and well constructed, pricey but something I would recommend if you plan on keeping a phantom.
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Old 03-03-2013, 01:55 PM   #35 (permalink)
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This fact saddens me as I wouldn't mind getting one but the search won't be the easiest. The DW Fibur is a great barrel and well constructed, pricey but something I would recommend if you plan on keeping a phantom.
I am thinking I will either get that or the Lapco barrel.
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Old 03-03-2013, 02:37 PM   #36 (permalink)
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My only issue with a cf barrel is that it can't be anno'd.
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My only issue with a cf barrel is that it can't be anno'd.
Hmm. Can the Lapco barrel be anno'd?
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Old 03-03-2013, 03:42 PM   #38 (permalink)
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Old 03-03-2013, 04:19 PM   #39 (permalink)
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The carbon fiber portion obviously can't, but I've heard on multiple occasions of deadlywind sending people the threaded portion raw to be anno'd, then sent back to be fitted to the physical barrel.
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Old 03-03-2013, 05:33 PM   #40 (permalink)
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Never thought about that. May have to do that once I get everything around for anno. Just need to decide what color scheme now.
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