To me that depends on the parts set. Most PD guns were carried a lot and shot a little. If you have a complete parts set, the factory set the bolt gap with pressing and pinning the barrel in the trunnion. When buying just the barrel for a parts set that has no barrel, I'd go for the brand new RCM barrel. To me it is a simple matter of cost. I have had better luck buying a complete parts set for less money than buying a part here or there. I'm sure it could be done piece meal for less, but my time also has value. How many hours would it take to find each part or group of parts? By the same token, I've been very lucky finding parts sets. My best deal was two complete full size MP5A2 parts sets for $2,300. Again they where shot very little with the finish worn on the receiver parts. One of the kits even had a Action 3 bolt group.Just want to know your opinion about the advantages of using a genuine German made H&K barrel compared with a Rim Country hammer forged, nitride barrel? Is German really better than U.S.?
To me the pros are the barrel is already pressed into the trunnion and that barrel is a standard 3-lug (I'm guessing). I have a Vollmer converted 94 with a Navy style threaded barrel. I have to have a flash hider or can on the muzzle as the thread protector will shoot loose.Have been wondering this myself. Have a demilled MP5 parts kit, but have been contemplating putting in a new RCM 1/2x28 threaded Navy barrel. Any pros/cons of a used HK than a new RCM?
I guess I would disagree with your comment that one can not find a "virgin " hk barrel period"a german hk barrel will cost you many times more then a usa made ones ,you will not find a "virgin" hk barrel period.
I live in WA. We cannot own SBRs (yet) and I already own 2 cans, one is a YHM Cobra M2 and one is a Octane 9. SWR makes 3-lug mount for the Octane. No issue there. YHM can is "universal" and I do not know of a 3-lug option is why I wanted the 1/2x28 Navy MP5 barrel. If I could get the Cobra M2 in a 3-lug mount then I would use stock barrel no problem.To me the con is the Navy barrel. If you need a threaded barrel, so be it. I'm personally not a big fan of thread mounted cans. I think the 3-lug system is so much better. If you don't need the threads, it is just one more part on the gun that can shoot loose. I'm sure you could sell the HK barrel in the trunnion for more than the cost of a RCM barrel and trunnion. Is this going to be a SBR? If so, you'd have a better parts count and could save some money with US parts. I personally think the RCM barrels are as good as the factory. YMMV.
Have to agree, never know when you bulge a barrel and need a spare to hammer back in ;-).
I'm hip to that! Unless you are a purist or have the $$$'s, I just can't find the difference in price justifiable considering the quality of RCM barrels I have seen.Buy or use the RIM barrel.
The CHF with nitride is most likely better than the German barrel.
Nitride has proven to be equal if not better than chrome lined
with no loss of accuracy which can happen with CL.
Yeah, good point. I could always cut back my kids food intake to save some extra keesh. I think I'll sell my truck or trade it for a Vespa and a mushroom helmet. You got me to thinking about my priorities. HmmmAs always, sounds more like a priority issue than an affordability problem. :wink: