i am definitely not a well renown gunsmith. I am self taught and know the things I do by experience and many mistakes have led to greater successes. something I would like to address is the ongoing argument that a cut rifled barrel is superior to its button rifled counter part. I have used nearly all the top makers in custom rifle blanks and I do have my favorites. like the major players here I push my favorites when asked but I do realize that a hummer or bummer could come from any of them. I see more and more of the resident smiths here pushing cut barrels but I have yet to see ANY evidence as to their superiority. I used to be a die hard benchmark fan. they always got blanks to me in a very timely manner and their price was quite fair. I have had great luck with their blanks. pac-nor, believe it or not, has probably been the most consistently accurate for me. rock creek has been outstanding. shilen is tried and true and I have never had a bad blank from them. broughton is exceptional in every respect. there is a reason bartlein is in the winners circle (I just don't know what it is.) I have very limited experience with brux but the barrel I have on hand I expect good things from. hart has been great and they used to win all the marbles. lastly, Krieger. I know a LOT of you guys swear by them and they are VERY GOOD, BUT, the least accurate .308 I have ever built wears a Krieger 1-12 mtu. its a solid shooting rifle and stays around 1/2 moa out to 600yds for the most part. I guess I just expect a good .308 to shoot better than that out to 300yds anyway. I have heard guys say the cut rifled barrels out last the button rifled. how many people here have worn out a good number of each to quantify that statement? not many I am sure. I just cant imagine anything wearing any better than a 3-groove pac-nor or benchmark! anyway, what is boils down to for me is that I am confident in getting a good, accurate barrel from any of the major makers these days and if i get a bad one it is definitely the exception and not the norm. don't be led to believe that you need a particular barrel brand to make the best rifle you have ever had. I still have buddies who refuse to let me use anything but brand xxxx.......if they only knew! maybe someone here who has used hundreds of each can chime in and let us all know why they believe one to be better than the other. some tangible evidence would be helpful as well.