New Valmet Barrels - Any Interest?

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New Valmet Barrels - Any Interest?

Post by Ruddiger » Fri May 04, 2012 9:57 am

I am talking to a reputable manufacturer who's looking into reproducing new Valmet replacement barrels for our community (he owns a Valmet, too). The high-quality U.S. made blanks would come from Douglas Barrels. You can have your choice of moly or stainless steel in 5.56, 7.62x39, or 5.45. Barrel lengths up to 24" are also a possibility. These barrels will NOT be chrome-lined (just like OEM Valmet) because that would necessitate at least 100 pre-orders first. The replacement barrels will fit the OEM Valmet trunnions, have the correct handguard threading, gas block profile, and have the correct barrel shoulder for proper handguard mounting. I have already supplied an NOS Valmet 7.62x39 barrel to the manufacturer to assure correct profiling and manufacturing specs.

No firm commitments are required at this time. If there is interest, there would need to be at least six firm orders to commence production. I will be purchasing at least three barrels at retail price if this project takes off. Final costs are estimated to be $350-385 per barrel, depending on material.

This is a great opportunity for:
• those who own a Valmet with a wornout, bent, or corroded barrel (hmm, anyone??? :wink: )
• anyone looking to convert the caliber of their Valmet
• builders who want to create Valmet clones (chamber end threads can be turned down to fit a Galil/CNC Warrior receiver by request)

Btw, I am not profiting from this venture in any way. I just want an option for replacement barrels for our community since OEM Valmet ones are virtually nonexistent.

So who else here might be interested???
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Post by nate » Mon May 07, 2012 6:30 am

8) how about a 7.62 x 51 Wuold buy two barrels
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Post by Tom Doniphon » Mon May 07, 2012 5:32 pm

Ruddiger I think that Douglas blanks are button rifled and not hammer forged. I think that with the amount of money spent on machining in this project it would be would be something to consider trying to get hammer forged blanks to start with. Also I think we could find a shop to do small quantities of chrome lining for the barrels. Would he be willing to make 7.62x39mm model 78 barrels?

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Post by Ruddiger » Tue May 08, 2012 1:41 pm

Thanks, it's something to consider. There appears to be some debate on the two barrel making methods. I'm no expert. In this case, hammer forged is obviously better historically. But I thought Douglas made match barrels? What's been your experience with button rifling?

Long 7.62x39 barrels are in the cards. But I don't know if the M78 heavy barrel profile is also on the table yet. I think the idea is to get a small production run made with most commonality at first to see if there's really any market. So far doesn't look good.

I don't have a 308 barrel to supply for specs.

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Post by Tom Doniphon » Thu May 10, 2012 10:29 pm

Hammer forged barrels have much longer service lives. Chrome lining a hammer forged barrel is even better. I was talking to a gunsmith friend who was replacing a button rifled barrel on a Century C93 that already had no sign of rifling in the first half of the barrel. Yikes!

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Post by nib » Fri May 11, 2012 5:04 pm

That C93 just goes to show you the value of a quality build/barrel.
I just need a 76 milled folder in 7.62 x 39. and I swear to GOD I will stop.

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Post by gray » Mon Oct 08, 2012 8:45 pm

Bumping this to see if there's been any new developments? Definitely need chrome lining in any AK type barrel in my opinion.

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Post by Ruddiger » Tue Oct 09, 2012 10:23 am

gray wrote:Bumping this to see if there's been any new developments? Definitely need chrome lining in any AK type barrel in my opinion.
Thanks for checking back! A prototype 7.62x39 barrel is in the works as we speak.

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Post by gray » Tue Oct 09, 2012 10:31 am

Will this barrel fit all models in 7.62x39? Do you have specs like barrel contour, type of barrel, how barrel is made and by what company, type of rifling, twist rate, etc? Thanks

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Post by Ruddiger » Thu Mar 21, 2013 7:54 am

Anybody who is firmly committed to purchasing a repro Valmet barrel chambered in 7.62x39, 5.56, or 5.45, please contact me now.

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Updates?

Post by gray » Sat Apr 06, 2013 8:30 pm

Any updates on the barrel project?

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Post by Ruddiger » Sun Apr 07, 2013 4:04 am

Unfortunately, there have been no takers for any barrels besides myself. So it looks likes they will be producing the minimum order for me and the builder alone.

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Post by KotKotofeich » Thu May 09, 2013 6:41 pm

I wasn't able to get access to this site in time (took like a month to get my account approved), but I did message you on the galil forums saying I would take one - so there were takers! Can you at least PM me the information so I can contact the manufacturer myself?

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Post by nfafan » Wed May 29, 2013 11:01 am

nib wrote:That C93 just goes to show you the value of a quality build/barrel.
Could it be that the C93 owner had a registered trigger pack and just enjoyed himself?
I was under the impression that Century supplied some seriously good barrels with the HK33 kits to the builders of the C93s - which were promptly installed wrong by these same Century subs...

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Updates on the barrel project?

Post by gray » Sun Jun 30, 2013 1:46 am

Any updates on the barrel project?

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