Beyer 10/22 Barrel Review
this point I have reviewed about a half dozen aftermarket target
barrels for the Ruger 10/22. Most are designed to significantly improve
accuracy however some are better at that goal than others. Generally
this accuracy improvement comes in the form of a heavy .920" bull
barrel, however a few companies are offering sleeved or tensioned
barrels which drastically drops weight all while usually maintaining
good accuracy. The Beyer 10/22 Barrel is one of these hybrid sleeved
barrels and has become one of my favorites because of its features.
weight, and performance.
ABOUT BEYER BARRELS
Beyer has been an avid hunter and shooter for many years but could not
find a 10/22 barrel he liked. After his retirement from the U.S. Armed
Forces he started Beyers Barrels in 2006 to create precision custom
barrels and special orders. Several of his barrel styles are sold in
Brownell's catalog, however Beyer also handles custom orders directly.
Barrels offers a wide selection of barrel lengths, fluting options, and
muzzle options with prices ranging from $189 to just under $300 with
all the options . After looking through Beyer's large selection and
barrel configuration options, I settled on a 16" version with a diamond
cut fluting and threaded muzzle specifically for future use with a
suppressor which I have been waiting and waiting on my paperwork for.
FIT, FEEL, FINISH, & FEATURES
has been demonstrated over and over to me, that the single most
dramatic improvement in accuracy to your stock 10/22 is a swap to an
aftermarket match grade barrel with a Benz style match chamber. In this
case, I mounted the Beyer 10/22 Diamond Pattern Barrel to a complete
Force Production billet 10/22 receiver with match trigger assembly in a
Houge overmoulded stock. The Beyer barrel fit just a little snug in the
Force receiver and similarly in a stock Ruger 10/22 receiver I test fit
as well. I topped the barrel with my trusty Nikon P-22 2-7x Scope which I have grown to love as a spectacular all around scope.
huge advantage of any of the sleeved barrels is the substantial weight
reduction. This huge weight reduction can greatly increase shooting
comfort where extended off hand shooting occurs or paces add up to miles
on a hunting trip. I have also found that younger shooters find a
lighter rifle more manageable for offhand shooting.
you have handled a Whistle Pig or Tactical Solutions barrel, the Beyer
feels marginally heavier. This may be that the stainless liner appears
just a bit thicker than comparable barrels, the sleeving is made from
7075 vs 6061 which is a tad heavier, or that the finish is Alumihide or
Ceracoat vs anodized which also adds just a bit more weight. Whatever
the reason, the barrels feels more substantial that other similar
aluminum sleeved barrels.
many Ruger 10/22 aftermarket match barrel manufacturers, Beyer uses a
Benz style chamber on rifled stainless liners. This chamber is not so
tight that you begin having problems with feeding, but is tight enough
to deliver exceptional accuracy. For most of us, it is a perfect
compromise between functioning and accuracy.
main advantages of a sleeved barrel are that they are much lighter and
can potentially be more accurate during sustained fire due to a heat
sink effect keeps the barrel cooler. Cooler barrels have less heat
deformation which produces better consistency and accuracy; so the
Beyer 10/22 barrel does indeed sound about like the other aluminum
sleeved barrels, however it differs in a couple ways. First is the 7075
T-6 aluminum construction versus the less stiff 6061 aluminum. This
upgrade adds both dimensional stability, durability, and increases
accuracy according to Beyer. For those barrels with threaded muzzles,
the upgrade also delivers more durable threads to handle more use from
suppressor or brake installation and removal.
other main feature is the Alumihide or Ceracoated barrels. The reason
they do this is nothing against anodizing, however if you anodize the
barrel sleeve, it throws the internal dimensions out of alignment due to
an inconsistency in the thickness of the anodizing down the internal
hole in the sleeve. Anodizing also delivers a non-stick coating. So
this creates two issues, the first being that when the liner is epoxy'ed
in place, the epoxy has nothing really to hold onto which means you
could have your liner start walking down the barrel as the bolt slams
into it over and over again. Although rare, I have heard of this
happening with some Tactical Solutions barrels, though mine has never
had an issue. The other issue is that anodizing does cause potential
highs and lows in the barrel sleeve, which in turn does not allow the
liner to have a consistent mount which will cause accuracy to degrade
after the barrel starts to heat up. Beyer circumvents all this by
coating the barrel after the liner is mounted in the sleeve and his
choice in most cases is a highly durable black Ceracoat finish.
features include the Diamond Fluting and a knurled thread protector for
the muzzle. The fluting maybe reduces weight by an ounce, however it
looks stunning and the silver finished thread protector on the threaded
muzzle adds to the looks of the barrel while delivering a highly durable
FUNCTION & ACCURACY
was expected the barrel mounted without any issues into the Force
receiver and snuggled into the Hogue stock as any bull barrel would. I
am happy to report that my barrel fed anything and has delivered
reliability as good as my factory barreled 10/22. My favorite plinking
and practice rounds, Winchester M-22 and Winchester 555 bulk packs, were
both very accurate and extremely reliable. Throughout testing, I also
found the barrel to not be particularly picky about ammo. Occasionally
you will find a barrel that has a strong preference for one type of ammo
and a strong distaste for the rest. The Beyer barrel generally
performed well with any ammo I stuck into the magazine.
I have for so many tests, I have recorded the accuracy results here for
comparison to the rest of the barrels tested here. As of the writing of
this article my best group was an tight litte 5-shot .43" group with
CCI Standard Velocity ammo at 50-yards. This is a bit better
performance than I have seen with my Whistle Pig and Tactical Solutions
barrels. At this point I have not seen the accuracy delivered from the
super premium barrels like Fedderson, Kidd, and Magnum Research, however
it can deliver accuracy in the .4s" at fifty yards which is outstanding
for a non-tensioned lightweight barrel and plenty accurate to drop a
squirrel at 75-100 yards.
reviewing this barrel, it will most likely spawn another barrel
juggling exercise to find a permanent home on my PWS T-3 Summit Action
and Trigger Group. This combination should deliver an extremely quiet
host platform for my YHM Mite supressor on order.
is an impressive barrel and especially considering that the base model
are about the same price as the Tactical Solutions barrels. For the
money, the barrel has been a better performer and has a number of very
cool looking fluting options to choose from which can add a unique touch
to your next 10/22 build. From an accuracy perspective, it would seem
from my testing that the Beyer Barrels are king of the hill of aluminum
sleeved barrels however every barrel will perform a little differently.
is just one barrel style the company offers. Beyer Barrel has a number
of barrel lengths, fluting, and muzzle finish options to choose from
including AR15 .22 rimfire barrel. If you are looking for a great
lightweight option to drop a pound or so from your rifle, I would highly
recommend you take a hard look at what Beyer barrels offers.
Beyer 10/22 16" Barrel
Diamond Fluted as shown $295
Force Receiver - $200
Hogue Stock - $69.00
Nikon 2-7X .22LR Scope $180.00