Maddco Vs Swan

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Maddco Vs Swan

Post by Mitch » 14 Mar 2017, 5:19 am

Morning

Just curious peoples opinions on the above barrel brands. Not others.

Who makes the better barrels?

Will be a 6x45 and both maddco or Alan Swan can supply and fit chambered barrel, just unsure which is likely to be more accurate and reliable?

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Post by Gamerancher » 14 Mar 2017, 4:21 pm

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Post by Supaduke » 14 Mar 2017, 7:05 pm

Well .. . That certainly shot this thread in the foot (pun intended)
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Post by Mitch » 14 Mar 2017, 8:26 pm

Gamerancher wrote:I think you will find that Swan does't actually make barrels.


Well that depends who you talk to? Ive heard both yes and no?

Either way woukd people prefer swan chambered + fitted, or maddco
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Post by deye243 » 15 Mar 2017, 1:56 am

just look at the gear list at the benchrest event and there is your answer
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Post by TheDude » 15 Mar 2017, 5:52 am

His website says he does http://www.allanswangunsmithing.com/barrels

No idea on quality compared to maddco
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Post by straightshooter » 15 Mar 2017, 7:24 am

Last time I enquired with Allan Swan, which was a while ago, he was still making barrels but his 5.56 rifling button was broken. At the time he only made .224 and .308 barrels. You may need to determine whether the 6mm barrel is made by him or bought in.

I suspect that the real question the OP is asking is which of the two will provide the better "package" for much the same price.
There is no question that Maddco is capable of delivering the highest quality if the customer is prepared to pay.
Although I have never had any actual dealings with Swan I suspect a buyer who wants a replacement barrel for a minimum outlay will have a better experience dealing with him rather than Maddco.
The OP might care to read my post in a nearby thread regarding TSE barrels.
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Post by Mitch » 15 Mar 2017, 7:47 am

Money is not the problem.

In fact maddco is only $100 more.

I have heard a few people who have had issues with maddco work. Not necessarily with the barrel.

Swan seems to have an awesome rep hence why they were an alternative
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Post by Tripod » 15 Mar 2017, 8:23 am

Yes Allan Swan does make his own barrels, I find Allan's barrels are perfect for what I do but that isn't benchrest just general shooting and a lot of hunting (And I build a lot of wildcats) I have just ordered a .40cal barrel blank from TSE but only because 40cal is one size that Allan doesn't do but it will be going to Allan for profiling and fitting. I have quite a few of his barrels up to .50cal. I also have a couple of rifles getting done at the moment and I will be dropping a few more rifles in to get done in May when I am up there.
I can tell from the fact he is only $100 cheaper that you want a S/S barrel and yes his S/S barrels are dearer than his Moly barrels.
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Re: Maddco Vs Swan

Post by Mitch » 15 Mar 2017, 9:00 am

Yea mate staino barrel. Might as well
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Post by Tripod » 15 Mar 2017, 9:21 am

Mitch wrote:Yea mate staino barrel. Might as well

I built my 6x45 with a Moly barrel and still need to finish some load development but it is already shooting extremely well and definitely knocks the ferals flat. I built mine mainly because I have a large amount of 6mm projectiles to use.
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Post by duncan61 » 15 Mar 2017, 9:47 am

The swan website is cool
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Post by deanp100 » 26 Mar 2017, 10:16 pm

AS Tripod said, Allan most definitely makes barrels and very good ones. He makes a lot for bench rest shooters and I have seen a few of them ready to fit on his front counter and they are impressive.
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Post by Smiley » 27 Mar 2017, 8:21 pm

I'll never own another Maddco.
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Re: Maddco Vs Swan

Post by Mitch » 28 Mar 2017, 4:53 am

Why?
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Post by Smiley » 28 Mar 2017, 5:19 am

Mitch wrote:Why?

The short version of the story,
I've had a few after market barrels, the quality of the barrel and service was by far the worst.
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Post by Mitch » 28 Mar 2017, 10:39 am

Service seems to be a common complaint with maddco. Quality of their barrels isnt too common, quality of their chambering and fitment does however
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Post by Shanestokes » 07 Feb 2019, 10:16 pm

If got both Maddco and swan barrels
Maddco barrel 375 cal shoots great bug holes at 100 meters all day
Swan barrels 243 ackley best barrel iever owned shoots 1/4 moa all day (if I do my part)
260 ackley shoots 1/2 moa consistently have shot it to 800 meters
Very impressed with swan barrels won’t waste my time going anywhere else
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