I just thought I would pass along some recent experiences - we are all searching for great barrels, so I thought I would share.
Last winter I ordered Krieger replacement barrels for my Palma and 6.5x47 LR rifles, and while placing it decided to add orders for (2) Krieger RF blanks. I wanted to fit a new barrel to the Racer action I have, and a cut rifled barrel seemed best because of the substantial removal of material in the shank (the Racer shank is over 4" long, with several step downs in diameter @ .726" and .547"). These step down sections provide bearing for "O" rings at the chamber (before the shank threads begin) and after.
I had forgotten I ordered them (they took almost 20 weeks to arrive). I fitted one to my Anschutz 2000 action, and one to the Racer. I have been working the past several weeks to establish tuner / torque settings for both.
Some information on them as received - both are standard internally (.2220 x .2170), 16 twist, 6 groove. They are both very straight (something I look for when I initially start fitting them). Both machined exceptionally well - I am not aware of the processes Krieger uses to heat treat steel, but these cut cleanly and chambered very well - which I cannot say for some of the other barrel steel I have recently machined.
In short, both of these barrels have been exceptional. I look for good baseline accuracy before I start tuning, and both of these shot amazingly well. I set them up with a 2 degree leade chamber, at a depth dimension of .580" (engraving to the second band on Lapua ammunition).
There has been a lot of conversation comparing cut rifled barrels to buttoned - with the general consensus being cut barrels are not competitive (at least for BR use). I can tell you that these two barrels are as good (if not better) than anything buttoned I have tested in the last several years.
And before anyone asks - I have no arrangement / agreement with Krieger - I just thought you guys might be interested. I am just looking for great barrels......like everyone else here!
Thanks a lot, all the best,