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Old 04-09-2003, 09:21 PM   #1
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Standard barrel w/bushing vs. bushingless bull barrel?

Greetings all,

I own a custom made 5" WC CQB with a bull barrel that performs absolutely fantastic! However, what are the realistic differences between a barrel w/bushing vs. a bull barrel w/o a bushing? Please offer the pro's and con's of each.

FYI, I'll be ordering an Ed Brown Class A Limited in the near term :lol: Therefore, I'm trying to decide between a regular set-up (barrel w/bushing) or another bushingless bull barrel pistol like my Wilson...your opinions are appreciated!

thanks in advance:-)

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Old 04-10-2003, 07:09 AM   #2
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No doubt the gunsmiths and expert operators will have something to say about the mechanics, I will just note that bull barrels are very common in IPSC Limited and not allowed at all (over 4.2") in IDPA. Since I shoot mostly the latter, I have bushings in my 5" guns.
Old 04-10-2003, 08:24 PM   #3
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Re: Standard barrel w/bushing vs. bushingless bull barrel?

Originally Posted by 45 ACP
Greetings all,

what are the realistic differences between a barrel w/bushing vs. a bull barrel w/o a bushing?

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It is my humble opinion that the ONLY advantage (on a practical level, not hypothetical) to a bull barrel is additional weight up front IF you need it. Many say advantage is it has less parts, better fitting, etc. I am not bothered by the bushing, and don't need the additional weight.
So in summary, my OPINION is that the bull barrel is just like the full-length recoil spring guide....... the perfect solution to a problem that doesn't exist (I believe Jeff Cooper first coined that phrase, it is not my original). The gunsmiths on this site are better equipped to answer the question on a technical level.
Happy Trails,

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