Ballistic Advantage barrels for sale from Omaha Outdoors range from extremely short barrels meant to go on PDWs, entry weapons, SBRs, and pistols to long, fluted, premium models intended to compete at the highest levels of marksmanship competition. In the middle are carbine barrels which will provide excellent accuracy and long life. Let's run through them all.
It's important to understand that the Ballistic Advantage online catalog does not contain any low-quality barrels. Even the most affordable barrels made by Ballistic Advantage at Omaha Outdoors are made to higher standard than other companies' high-quality barrels, and the reputation of BA barrels is explained by this fact. Every barrel they make is backed by their sub-MOA accuracy guarantee which states that the rifle will fire, with match ammunition, a three shot magazine loaded group or five shot single loaded group at or under 1 inch at 100 yards.
At the beginning of the lineup is the Modern Series. These barrels are made from 4150 CMV steel, the same steel found in the M4 or M16 used by the US Military. Instead of chrome lining, they feature a nitride or QPQ finish which offers extended wear and corrosion resistance properties, as well as increased accuracy due to the elimination of dimensional inconsistencies in the chrome lining. The barrel extension is also QPQ finished, but separately, as it's made from a different steel and the QPQ process would make it loosen over time if they were done together. In 5.56, the Modern Series features a 1:7 twist in chrome-moly steel, just like a military barrel, while AR-15 Modern Series barrels are also available in 300 AAC Blackout and 9mm NATO, and AR-10 / DPMS LR-308 Modern Series barrels can be found in .308 Win. These barrels are the best value offered by Ballistic Advantage.
Performance Series barrels take the foundation laid by the Modern Series and kick it up a notch with an upgrade to a nickel boron receiver extension for reduced friction and an 11 degree recessed target crown at the muzzle end. This is also where we start to see BA Hanson Series barrels. The Hanson series incorporates a redesign of where and how the barrel tapers from chamber to muzzle end, with the Hanson shifting much of that weight back to the chamber side of things while gently tapering down towards the muzzle. It also provides the benefit of limiting barrel "whip." This isn't cheap to manufacture, but it balances a lot better than a standard "government profile" barrel while keeping temperature control improved as well. In the Performance Series line, we also see 5.45x39 barrels, which benefit from the excellent corrosion resistant properties of nitride and nickel boron.
At the premium end of the line, as you would expect, lies the Premium Series barrel, which also offers Hanson profile options. Caliber options start to really expand here, including the previous 300 Blackout and .308 Win, but also including new and high performance long range cartridges. 5.56 NATO and 5.45x39 are not found in the Premium Series. Instead, we see .223 Wylde as the 5.56 / .223 Rem option. This cartridge offers more accuracy than a 5.56 chamber but reduced peak chamber pressure as compared to a .223 Rem chamber. Gone is the 4150 CMV steel and in its place is 416R Stainless, a material specifically designed as a premium barrel steel, and the 1:7 twist for 5.56 NATO is replaced by a 1:8 twist in stainless steel. A bead-blasted finish cuts down on glare and keeps the barrel looking new as time goes on. The 11-degree target crown remains and is a sight to behold - it's almost a shame that you'll most likely cover it up with a muzzle device, but non-threaded barrels are also available.
Several new long-range calibers are represented in the Premium Series lineup. These include 6.5 Grendel in the new Type 2 chamber, a cartridge you can plink with at longer ranges than 5.56 but at similarly affordable prices thanks to the availability of steel case 6.5 Grendel ammo, while using the same size and weight receivers as the standard AR-15. Significantly more powerful than the Grendel cartridge is the 6.5 Creedmoor, which utilizes the AR-10 / LR-308 platform to keep that 6.5mm bullet supersonic at ranges where other projectiles are no longer effective. There's also the .22 Nosler, a 5.56 on steroids. Actually, it uses 6.8 Remington SPC magazines to load the larger case, and offers up to 300 fps greater velocity than a .223 Rem or 5.56 NATO cartridge. It's purpose-built for long range target shooting or light game hunting.
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