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Can anyone please tell me the weight of the 20" factory bull barrel that comes on the target model? I would like to get a lighter one since I will be using my rifle mostly for hunting. Thanks!
 

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I don't have that specific barrel but can tell you that is going to be close to 4lbs...

The factory 18" tapered barrel is 28oz... a fluted, bull barrel in the same length is going to approach double that weight...

An Aluminum bull barrel will be approximately half of the 28oz tapered steel barrel...

If you want a VERY accurate bull barrel that is much lighter than the standard tapered barrel get a Whistle Pig...

A WP bull barrel in the 20" length will weigh approximately 18-20oz depending on the exact style...fluted...non fluted...octagonal etc...a couple of oz one way or the other won't matter if you are talking about comparing to steel bull barrel in same length with presumably the same or similar accuracy...

My DSP with 16" Aluminum bull barrel (TacSol) weighed in upon arrival at 14oz...with a 2-7x28 scope +rings (10oz) it is still lighter then the factory gun (already pretty light w/o scope) with no scope...
 

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I concur with zommy. The stock barrel is going to weigh close to 4 lbs. I have a GM 20" flutted barrel, and it weighs about 3.5 lbs. If you want something light, go with Tactical Solution. It's the lightest barrel that I have ever installed. It weighed about 1 lbs. They're kind of expensive at $180. For $160, you can get a GM Aero Competition barrel, but it weighs 1.6 lbs. They're both great barrels, but the GM will shoot anything, even the cheap stuff, while the TS is picky. It doesn't like bulk ammo.

This is where I buy all of my barrels Rimfire Sports & Custom: Barrels
 

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Grumpy I like my TacSol barrel a ton but for hunting I would definitely opt for the longer and more accurate WP and use Wolf MT ammo...pay whatever the price for a box or a brick and it will shoot the wings off a fly...not that the TacSol is not accurate enough but the WP is tighter chambered and more accurate...my 10" WP barreled charger is more accurate than my TacSol 16" carbine at 50yards...they are about the same at 25 yards...

Some people like super heavy barrels for shooting off hand because it is easier to hold steady...which I believe is true but only for a few shots in my case then pain sets in from injuries of old...therefore I LOVE the light weight and prefer to shoot a few hundred rounds off hand over a couple of hours when I go out shooting...

The tighter the chambering of the aftermarket barrel will usually mean better accuracy and more ammo picky for cycling...be it steel or AL...

Another thing I would say to be aware of it that the tenon on the Aluminum barrels gets peened out of shape by the bolt...it will not last forever...and once it is in and been fired a significant number of times it will not come out...swapping barrels around is really not an option at that point...the barrel can be removed of course...but not easily...and not necessarily w/o ruining the barrel (assuming it is not being replaced due to damage to begin with)...

I have lost count of how many rounds I have put thru my TacSol...I am sure it's over 15K...it might as well be TIG welded in...which is great for rigidity...but I can't take it out...with a steel barrel you don't have that problem...and it will last forever as far as the bolt hitting the tenon goes...

Pros and Cons to be aware of is all I am saying...I love my 1022 with TacSol barrel more than ever...it's a gem imo...
 

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Removing the stock barrel is easy. You remove the two bolts that hold the barrel block in place. Then slide the barrel out. Installing the new barrel is where it gets hard. I found it easier to stick the barrel in the freezer for a couple of hours, then I use a rubber mallet and tap the barrel into place. If it proves to be too difficult for you, any competent gunsmith can install it for you for $25.
 

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Changing stock barrels should be no problem. When you put them back in do not overtighten (just snug) on the v block. After market barrels can have minor problems on instalation.
 
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