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Rice Barrels / TVM Early Virgina Rifle

I was talking to Mrs. Avance today at TVM and we were discussing my eventual order of a .54 Early Virgina rifle. We got talking about barrels and she asked what I was mainly going to use it for and I told her mostly hunting and I wanted an easy loading barrel that shoots and looks nice. They can get me anything I want and they all cost the same except for Rice, they are 75 dollars more, but she said they are very smooth inside and load easy and shoot very good for hunting. So, is the Rice worth 75 more bucks that GM, LongHammock, Rayl and Getz? She said the rifling is little shallower on the Rice like the GM`s and thus load easier, but still shoot very well with a high waulity finish on the Rice barrels. Fire away guys. TVM is about 6-8 months out after I order one, so I have to decide pretty quickly

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Re: Rice Barrels / TVM Early Virgina Rifle

I don't know about Long Hammock barrels or GM but I gave $245 for a Getz .45 swamped barrel last summer and $265 for a Rayle Fowler barrel last winter and $235. for a .25 caliber Rayle swamped barrel last summer. Just last week I purchased a 44" swamped premium round rifled barrel directly from Jason at Rice. He charged me $245. + shipping. Colerain is charging $190 or $195, I think.

Rice's price list is on their web site.

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Re: Rice Barrels / TVM Early Virgina Rifle

From what I have heard Getz can be hard to find. Check out Colerain, that is what cabincreek uses. They are from Pa also!!

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Re: Rice Barrels / TVM Early Virgina Rifle

What are the differences of Square bottom rifling vs Radius bottom rifling? with the radius bottom rifling having a 20 dollar upcharge.

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Much easier to clean.
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Re: Rice Barrels / TVM Early Virgina Rifle

<span style='font-size: 11pt'><span style="color: #000000">I have a competition grade 44" swamped 54 cal. Rice barrel on Elisabeth and it was well worth the money!!! You will not be disappointed in the least---NO BREAK IN WITH THIS BARREL!! I have since bought an exact duplicate of the first for my next long gun. Getz makes a great barrel as well so does Rayl. Barbi Chambers sells the Rice Barrels so email or call Barbi or Jim Chambers and get a price quote as well. Jim makes great guns and has great kits!!!!</span></span>

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Re: Rice Barrels / TVM Early Virgina Rifle

Thanks guys!! I also think Radius rifling is round rifling and it shows they are deeper in the grooves as well. Bunky, I will not be ordering the barrel, it is an option at TVM where I am getting an Early Virgina rifle made this year. Toni at TVM also said along with Rice barrels being very good shooters, consitant and smooth, they have no break in time as others do, they are very smooth inside I may opt for the radius rifling as well, you just need to use a thicker patch with it.

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Re: Rice Barrels / TVM Early Virgina Rifle

I have a swamped Rice .50 just waiting for the other parts to arrive so I can start my first kit build. Them lands and grooves look awfull pretty when I look down the bore.

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Did you get Square or Round rifling and why?

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Re: Rice Barrels / TVM Early Virgina Rifle

radius groove rifling has no square corners for fouling to hang up in. it is great provided the grooves are wide enough.
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