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I am meeting with a guy that wants to swap me a Kidd 10" ss barrel for the factory barrel off of my 22 charger. Is this wise and a good deal?
 

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okay, he says he prefers the factory barrel and he did say he painted it but other than that he says its fine.
 

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so the kidd barrel is not chambered to accept stingers, i am not sure I like that considering I run alot of stingers through my charger.
 

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I see what you mean. That's probably why he is giving you that good of an deal, maybe he wants to shoot stingers too. You'll have to decide if you want a more accurate expensive barrel, that you can still shoot accurate ammo through, or a tapered barrel. And the only advantage to the factory barrel is you can shoot stingers. So either shoot stingers or get a great deal on a great barrel and settle for a different kind of ammuntiion.
 

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When something sounds too good to be true, well ...

I'd at least ask some pertinent questions, then do a close inspection of the barrel. For instance, what happened to his factory barrel after he got the Kidd? Why does he want to swap you for a cheaper, less accurate barrel? Why did he paint the barrel? Was it just for looks or is the paint hiding something? For darn sure, I would check the crown for any sign of damage or abuse. I've known more than one person who had trouble installing a barrel on a 10/22 that got a little happy with a hammer because of a tight fit. No matter how good the barrel, even a slight ding on the crown can drastically affect accuracy.

You should also be aware that there are legit downsides to custom barrels. Custom barrels usually have tighter chambers to improve accuracy, but that also means they will be fussier about ammo and you'll often have to put up with more ejection and feeding problems.

Best of luck.
 

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When something sounds too good to be true, well ...

I'd at least ask some pertinent questions, then do a close inspection of the barrel. For instance, what happened to his factory barrel after he got the Kidd? Why does he want to swap you for a cheaper, less accurate barrel? Why did he paint the barrel? Was it just for looks or is the paint hiding something? For darn sure, I would check the crown for any sign of damage or abuse. I've known more than one person who had trouble installing a barrel on a 10/22 that got a little happy with a hammer because of a tight fit. No matter how good the barrel, even a slight ding on the crown can drastically affect accuracy.

You should also be aware that there are legit downsides to custom barrels. Custom barrels usually have tighter chambers to improve accuracy, but that also means they will be fussier about ammo and you'll often have to put up with more ejection and feeding problems.

Best of luck.
x2... don't trust anyone... make him convince you of his motives... be skeptical...

Doesn't the charger come from factory with a bull barrel...???

Stingers are just one of many hyper velocity rounds you can buy but stingers are the ONLY one with a longer than normal case...all the others are going to be the same as any other 22LR round...

Velocitors are the most accurate and most reliable of all the hyper velocity rounds I have used except for the Super-x 1435 40gr being more accurate but less reliable at half the price...

I do have a bull barrel with match chamber...I have never run stingers in it because I didn't want to ream the chamber...the match chambers are supposedly shorter than factory...

I had zero feed/fire/extract/eject with velocitors...

I had a few various problems with Super-X hypers not going bang...and some if them were actually bent coming out of the box...a couple I didn't notice didn't feed...no stove pipes...the 1435fps 40gr cprn were the most accurate round I have used at 100yards with the fewest problems of all the super x hypers... the make a 1650 fps with very light bullet that has low charge and normal length case...very low recoil...similar recoil to quiet ammo...crap rounds imo...

Also ran a 500/pk of Vipers...36gr cp...solid 'cone' nose...similar price to mini-mags (half the cost of velocitors and stingers)...very dirty...and lots of feed jambs with my barrel...once chambered...zero failures to go bang...reasonable accuracy...however...at 1/2 the price of vipers...goldens are more accurate in mine but with some stove pipes and quite a few don't go bang...

Bottom line...velocitors are the best imo in hyper speed rounds by far in both accuracy and reliability and the only ones I would buy but at half the price mini mags are slightly more accurate and that is the only difference between them...

In other words...forget the hyper rounds...stick with MINI-MAGS for best of all worlds including price...
 

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Okay so I may still go ahead with it providing I inspect the barrel and it looks kosher. He doesn't have a factory barrel anymore at least not in the strickest since because he had it cut down to a 5" for his pirate pistol. I am not sure why he painted it other than he said he wanted it to be a different color, possibly match a stock. I like stingers and find them to be quite accurate through my charger even with the factory tappered barrel. I am actually quite impressed with the accuracy of my charger, it is pretty much just as accurate as my 10-22. I have never compared them closely but What shooting I have done with both even out to 100 yards (and I shot them all the time) they both shoot the same. I can live without stingers if I have to but I do not have any feed issues with the barrel I have now and I do not want something that is going to give me problems. Anyway I will definitly look into it a little more before I make the trade.
 

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It doesn't matter now as he sold the barrel to a friend when I was on my way to do the swap.
 

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Oh, well, if you're happy with your Charger, as is, I wouldn't lose any sleep over it.

My Charger with factory barrel is also every bit as accurate as my 10/22s, maybe even a bit more so. Still, I've thought about going to a Kidd barrel to tighten groups up, but, heck, I have other guns for fifty yard accuracy work, so I'll likely just leave my Charger as the fun gun it is.
 
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