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Apologies if this has been discussed, I couldn't find anything in a search.

I've been wanting to put together another 6.8 upper for a while now, and have been focused on a 12.5" barrel but I can't seem to find anything other than ARP. Is there anything else out there that is quality? All of my other 6.8's are bison which have been tac drivers but the closest they have is 11.5" 1:7. I know this barrel is built with the intention to cycle their 200 sub loads which I have no plans to do so, but maybe would do well with Hornady 120 SST's? Never ran anything other than a 1:11 in 6.8. Wilson Combat has a 11.3 1:11 that i am also considering.

This is mainly for deer hunting, majority suppressed, and in hilly wooded areas. I'd like it to perform well up to 300yards but reality is where I hunt I rarely take a shot over 50 yards.

With my 16" Bison upper I usually use 95 TTSX but also have a decent stockpile of the Hornady 120 SST.

Just looking for advice here and making sure I am not leaving anything out. This would be my first SBR so not even sure if I would notice a difference between the 12.5 and 11.5". Are there any 12.5" barrels that aren't ARP that you would look at and if not, thoughts between the WC and Bison barrels.

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Wilson combat I believe has an 11.3. Having tried a lot of sbr configurations from 6.8, 6.5g, and 277 wolverine for hunting I do not think you can beat arp's 12.5" midlength. + side you lose very little velocity between 16 and 12.5" with 120gr sst.

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Wilson combat I believe has an 11.3. Having tried a lot of sbr configurations from 6.8, 6.5g, and 277 wolverine for hunting I do not think you can beat arp's 12.5" midlength. + side you lose very little velocity between 16 and 12.5" with 120gr sst.

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They do and it is in the 1:11 twist which I am more familiar with compared to the bison 1:7.
ARP is my first choice and I tried to buy one when they came in stock the other day but something with the communication between his website and the payment processor would not let me check out even trying 3 different cards with 2 different billing addresses. I literally could not give them my money. To get an ARP I'll have to find one second hand.
 

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Apologies if this has been discussed, I couldn't find anything in a search.

I've been wanting to put together another 6.8 upper for a while now, and have been focused on a 12.5" barrel but I can't seem to find anything other than ARP. Is there anything else out there that is quality? All of my other 6.8's are bison which have been tac drivers but the closest they have is 11.5" 1:7. I know this barrel is built with the intention to cycle their 200 sub loads which I have no plans to do so, but maybe would do well with Hornady 120 SST's? Never ran anything other than a 1:11 in 6.8. Wilson Combat has a 11.3 1:11 that i am also considering.

This is mainly for deer hunting, majority suppressed, and in hilly wooded areas. I'd like it to perform well up to 300yards but reality is where I hunt I rarely take a shot over 50 yards.

With my 16" Bison upper I usually use 95 TTSX but also have a decent stockpile of the Hornady 120 SST.

Just looking for advice here and making sure I am not leaving anything out. This would be my first SBR so not even sure if I would notice a difference between the 12.5 and 11.5". Are there any 12.5" barrels that aren't ARP that you would look at and if not, thoughts between the WC and Bison barrels.

Thanks guys.
Why would you even consider anything other than ARP ? They have as good or better reputation as any especially with 120sst .

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Why would you even consider anything other than ARP ? They have as good or better reputation as any especially with 120sst .

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See my reply above yours. Their barrels don't do me much good if their website won't allow me to buy one. If black stone had their uppers for sale again soon I would buy one just to get the barrel, even though I'm not wanting a complete upper.
If I can find an ARP secondhand I would buy it in a heartbeat.
 

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Availability or want to try another caliber are about the only 2 reasons

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Availability wasn't even a deciding factor to be honest. I waited for months to buy one and so you can imagine my disappointment when the website wouldn't take any of my cards. He said it was an issue with the processor and addresses having too many numbers in them or something. I literally tried all night with multiple cards from different banks and even two different billing addresses. I know it wasn't an issue with my bank (they call immediately if they reject a charge) and the payment processor used is very common so that is not the whole issue. My guess is that the way the website sends the billing information to the processor was messing up and rejecting payment.
Anyway hopefully that clears up why I am trying to find alternatives. I would absolutely buy an ARP if I could but since I can't and I still want to put together a 6.8 sbr I wanted opinions on other barrels. I have no budget I just want to have a quality barrel in the 12.5" range. Surely there are other options.
 

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Just curious, but where are you located? Maybe another member could help you out with a purchase.
They are out of stock again but I am in MN. Also have family in western KY (my other address I tried to use to see if that would work on the ARP site). I thought about asking for help when they were in stock but wanted to be careful about skirting the forum rules with WTB ads.
 

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I had WC, ARP , and Columbia River arms 6.8 barrels. All shoot good. You may try McGowen. I think now it’s a waiting game if you choose Columbia River arms or mcgowen but those are custom barrels.


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I had WC, ARP , and Columbia River arms 6.8 barrels. All shoot good. You may try McGowen. I think now it's a waiting game if you choose Columbia River arms or mcgowen but those are custom barrels.

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Thanks I actually came across Columbia river in my search but had never heard of them. I'll look into those two.
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Oh gotcha, the address part is really weird, you have to type it with no abbreviations. I.E. even if your credit card company says you live on 3rd Ave you need to type out third avenue.
I've typed 2 different addresses out as many ways as I can think to put them. My street address is 7124 County Road 6. I've spaced out the numbers, spelled out the numbers, etc, etc.
 
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