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Old 01-06-2007, 04:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Dye Boomstick questions

I'm thinking of buying some Dye Stainless Boomsticks(or maybe TI if I can find them) for my Excal and cocker. I have a Redz kit now, but they're so light it makes the gun back heavy. How is the weight with the Boomsticks compared to the super light barrels made these days? I had a SS Lapco Bigshot, but it was just to heavy, and I figured the Boomstick mix of SS and Al would be perfect.

Also, what bore sizes do they come in? I see the standard .688 a lot, but not to many of the other sizes.
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Old 01-06-2007, 05:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Older glued Boomers came in: .684, .686, .688 (standard), .690, .692, and .694 (.684 and .694 are relatively rare)

Modern threaded 2 piece Boomers come in: .684, .688 (standard), .692.

If you come across any modern dye barrel that does not have the bore marked, it is .688.

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As far as I know the glued and 2 piece Boomers are pretty much the same (except maybe some milling), right?
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Not necessarily. I prefer the older glued barrels to just about any other kit out there today. Some folks have claimed that the newer 2-piece ones weren't made with as much 'precision' as the older ones, but that is certainly a point of debate, one which I share no opinion on!

Like I said, I just like the glued ones better, even though you can't rip them apart to anodize the tip. There's just something about them that I love, and they shoot wonderfully.
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Old 01-06-2007, 06:03 PM   #5 (permalink)
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as far as weight, they are significantly heavier than an all AL barrel. I had a cocker glued boomy, and a cocker two piece UL (all aluminum) of the same length, and you can really feel the heft of the boomstick.

One really great thing about glued boomsticks, you can get them really cheap. They usually go for $30-$35, when just a UL tip goes for about that (in fact I bought the boomie for cheap, planning on selling the tip for profit, only to find the seller was a moron and the tip was glued in)
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