Problem with used Storm Lake barrel??

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Old March 20th, 2013, 02:14 PM   #1
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Problem with used Storm Lake barrel??

Hey all. So I have an opportunity on a local private sale to pick up a used Storm Lake conversion barrel (40 to 9) that will fit a M&P .40 compact with a 9mm magazine. It only has 300 rounds fired through it and he will give it to me for a good price.

However, he had what appears to be a problem with a particular type of bullet; I don't think it's the Storm Lake barrel itself. I would like your guys' opinion. See below for his exact email to me. This is what he said:

"There was a minor problem with the barrel, or maybe the bullets. With a certain lot of Ranier 147 flat points a little ring of brass would shave off some of the bullets and lodge in the throat. After a few rounds, cases would not fully chamber. Brass rings would fall right out with the slide locked back. This never happened with any other bullet types and could have been the plating on the bullets being too thick. Other than that barrel worked well with no malfunctions of any type. I am selling because I have a KKM barrel which this gun likes a little better than the Storm Lake. I have a unique tactical situation where I may have up to a 50 yard shot, so accuracy is very important. For normal defensive ranges, the Storm Lake will shoot better than most operators."

Anyway....for the record, it's an older well-established professional gentleman with his own company and he appears to be honest. My initial feeling about his response is that it's about the particular bullet that he mentions and not really about the barrel itself. Still....based on the above info and his background, would you buy it? Details are appreciated. The price is also not much more than a new S&W barrel (which there is currently a 2-3 month backlog/wait). Also, I am not familiar with all of the twist rates or the KKM barrels at all; so I don't actually know if the Storm Lake barrel is indeed more accurate etc.

Thanks!
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Old March 20th, 2013, 03:34 PM   #2
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Sounds like a silly man, using a compact for a 50 yard "tactical" shot. It's extremely doubtful the KKM will offer him any advantage over the Storm Lake, or over the barrel that came with the gun for that matter.

As for the barrel; if you don't want it, I'd like to make him an offer.
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