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Weekly Debate - Bull Barrel vs. Bushing Barrel

Discussion in 'General 1911 talk' started by Quack, Sep 4, 2011.

  1. Quack

    Quack it's mmm, mmm good... Staff Member Admin

    Aug 15, 2011
    what do you prefer and why?
     
  2. SkDmRkLcY

    SkDmRkLcY Active Member

    Aug 17, 2011
    I like the looks of a Bushing barrel better than the Bull Barrels, but I want to try one sometime.
     

  3. knedrgr

    knedrgr Low capacity, low tech...

    Aug 15, 2011
    Doesn't matter to me. As long as the lock up is tight then it's GTG. But the traditionalist in me likes the bushing for looks. But I like the flush but bull barrel on an officer size 1911.
     
  4. thecableguy

    thecableguy I hate this addiction Supporting Addict

    570
    Aug 16, 2011
    ditto
     
  5. GeorgiaRedfish

    GeorgiaRedfish Well-Known Member

    Aug 19, 2011
    Looks and easy of disassembly Bushing Barrel, and those are the only reasons.
     
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  6. djackson

    djackson Member

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    Aug 18, 2011
  7. polizei1

    polizei1 It WAS Quack

    Aug 18, 2011
    I like bull for officers, but bushing for everything else. Not sure about race guns since I haven't shot them.
     
  8. Shipwreck

    Shipwreck Beretta & Hockey Fanatic

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    Aug 18, 2011
    I'm always in the negative, but I always prefer bull barrel. I prefer the disassembly procedures for a bull barrel, personally. Bull barrels are always my preference.

    And, the old argument of being able to put a new bushing may be true. But I would venture to say that 95% of people don't shoot enough to shootout a bull barrel..

    [​IMG]
     
  9. Quack

    Quack it's mmm, mmm good... Staff Member Admin

    Aug 15, 2011
    A bull barrel only needs.to be fit to the slide as opposed to the bushing having to be fit to the barrel and the slide.

    Take down can be easier with a bull barrel especially if the bushing is fit tight requiring a bushing wrench.
     
  10. Shipwreck

    Shipwreck Beretta & Hockey Fanatic

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    Aug 18, 2011
    Yes. I hate guns with the bushing super tight that ya need a wrench - and even then sometimes it can be tough (if they are REALLY tight)
     
  11. Sir Guy

    Sir Guy Sharpening Ockham's Razor Supporting Addict

    Aug 20, 2011
    Bushing fan here. :thumb:

    Looks and ease of disassembly, I suppose.

    Andy
     
  12. 38 Super Fan

    38 Super Fan Bass Fishing Addict

    908
    Aug 18, 2011
    Bull barrels are OK, and have some benefits, but I much prefer the traditional bushing.
     
  13. G26S239

    G26S239 New Member

    18
    Aug 17, 2011
    I agree.
    I don't like that either. I used valve grinding compound on the bushing of my Les Baer TRS because I hate using a bushing wrench to take down a 1911. It takes down by hand now.
     
  14. Sir Guy

    Sir Guy Sharpening Ockham's Razor Supporting Addict

    Aug 20, 2011
    Are you turning the bushing when the barrel's in full lockup, or are you taking the top end down first while fully sprung and then removing it while out of battery?

    The latter method arguably maintains a good bushing fit, and also makes it easier to turn a match fit (tight) bushing as well.

    Andy
     
  15. Hurricanes

    Hurricanes Member

    37
    Aug 21, 2011
    I prefer the bushing set-up. And it's not even from a functional point, rather that I personally think 1911s have an original look with a bushing.
    -Joel
     
  16. Dwe

    Dwe I'm a terminal 1911 Addict!

    Sep 4, 2011
    Got em both, I guess I'm too much of an old traditionalist. I like the bushing thing, tight is always better here, for accuracy sake.
    IMHO anyway.
     
  17. Kazan

    Kazan FUBAR

    217
    Sep 2, 2011
    Bushing, TRP has a BUL barrel and I find the break down a pain in the thumb:biggrin1:
     
  18. bac1023

    bac1023 1911 Collector Moderator

    Aug 15, 2011
    I like how Unertl did it.

    Bull barrel with no guide rod. Cool stuff.
     
  19. Dumbell2

    Dumbell2 Member

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    Sep 7, 2011
    Flush cut bull barrel with an 11 deg crown!
     
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  20. bac1023

    bac1023 1911 Collector Moderator

    Aug 15, 2011

    Yeah, that's nice too.
     
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