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Old 11-26-2010, 03:54 PM
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I need to replace the barrel of my M&P 45 and am wondering about my options. I can get one made by Storm Lake from brownells for $160 or I can get A factory Smith&Wesson barrel for $121.
. The rifling is worn out and the crown is FUBAR. I love the gun other than this, the way it fits my hand and the weight and recoils.
Old 11-26-2010, 04:08 PM
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I have a Storm Lake DI barrel in .40 SW for my M&P.

I couldn't get the factory barrel to shoot worth a darn on most loads. 6-8" groups at 75 feet is not acceptable accuracy.

The Storm Lake DI cured my problems. Lock up is tighter, but that's about the only difference other than a nice crown vs. my stock barrel.

Still, I've heard all .45 barrels on the M&P are very accurate, so I'm not sure you'd notice any difference with the SL vs. the factory barrel unless you get a bad one.

Also, the prices you're quoting are a little high. Try a few other sites before you commit to any choice.
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I have a Storm Lake DI barrel in .40 SW for my M&P.

I couldn't get the factory barrel to shoot worth a darn on most loads. 6-8" groups at 75 feet is not acceptable accuracy.

The Storm Lake DI cured my problems. Lock up is tighter, but that's about the only difference other than a nice crown vs. my stock barrel.

Still, I've heard all .45 barrels on the M&P are very accurate, so I'm not sure you'd notice any difference with the SL vs. the factory barrel unless you get a bad one.

Also, the prices you're quoting are a little high. Try a few other sites before you commit to any choice.
This isnt because I WANT a new barrel, its because my barrel is worn out and the crown is crooked. The top of the barrel has a proper crown but as you turn it to the bottom the crown disappears and the bottom has no crown at all.
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S&W will fix that for free unless you have been hacking on it yourself.

Storm Lake barrels are fairly good but I don't like them much in the M&P. Chambers are too tight or something. Guys that reload all have problems with stuck cases. Gotta watch your quality control in 9mm.

The 45's are the best shooters of the M&P series.
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S&W will fix that for free unless you have been hacking on it yourself.

Storm Lake barrels are fairly good but I don't like them much in the M&P. Chambers are too tight or something. Guys that reload all have problems with stuck cases. Gotta watch your quality control in 9mm.

The 45's are the best shooters of the M&P series.
I am not the original purchaser of the Gun I got it used. I think i am still going to give them a call Monday though and see what they say. I did some research and found that even though their warranty is only for the original owner that they usually still honor a warranty even with second hand stuff. Especially seeing how the crown is wrong and it was obviously wrong from the factory.
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S&W will honor the warranty. They are the best in the biz when it comes to customer service (regardless of whether you bought used or new...won't matter).
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Called S&W today, they are sending pre-paid, insured shipping labels so I can ship it to them. Looking good so far!!
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Since you are sending it back, this is just an FYI for the rest.

Storm Lake barrels are some of the best aftermarket barrels out there IMHO for the money.
Proper hardness and generally very smooth bores, they have been as accurate as several higher priced barrels I've installed.

The last 3 custom 1911's I built used Storm Lake barrels. And not a complaint from the owners to date (3 years and counting).

I like 'em, I use 'em.
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I have a Storm Lake in my 10mm 1911. So far it is very accurate, lock up is great, cant complain.
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Well got it back today . They replaced the barrel with a brand new one. About a 14 day turnaround with shipping. Not bad at all!!.
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