Our Lightweight 556 Fluted .22LR barrel is an aftermarket replacement for the 10/22® barrel. This is a fantastic 2 pound barrel to slip into your 10/22® rifle. This lightweight bull barrel design is unique due to the singular construction of the barrel, breech to muzzle. Then we sleeve the barrel with a black or silver anodized tube to give it a bull barrel look, along with an extremely rigid and durable construction. This innovation in the .22 barrel gives it unparalleled accuracy in this weight class, guaranteed accuracy of 1/2" at 50 yards. As an aside, if you are looking for an even lighter lightweight .22 barrel, we offer the Ultra Lightweight barrel.
The Kidd 22 Lightweight 556 Fluted barrel has a bull diameter for the first two inches and then steps down to .870 until the muzzle. The bull barrel channel of .920 barrel channel works perfect for this barrel. The 18" barrel weighs 2 pounds and the 16.5" barrel weighs 1 pound 14 ounces.
Our muzzle threading is 1/2"-28 and is available with a protective cap. We believe these are the finest barrels on the market, each one is HAND LAPPED. Our stainless steel barrel is bored and rifled by Lothar Walther in Germany. Tony Kidd then performs all the final machining to make our match barrel a worthy KIDD product. A proprietary chamber reamer is used to ensure the cartridge and bullet feed smoothly. Our barrels are chambered to accept .22 LR ammo and have a 1:16 twist.
The unique convex extractor slot eliminates extraction problems by ensuring the extractor is always in perfect alignment with the case rim. Why doesn't everybody use this extractor slot? Because the tooling is very expensive and requires tolerances be held very close for proper machining. Each barrel receives an 11 degree crown.
Depending on your receiver, if there is paint build up in the receiver mortise be sure to scrape that out. We recommend using an anti-seize compound to assist in installation. Anti-seize is readily available at automotive stores. It is best if you can get the barrel tenon started into the receiver mortise, then turn it over and tap the back of the receiver with a rubber mallet. Be sure to line the extractor slot up as you are installing the barrel. Your barrel is ready to shoot, just run two magazines through it before you really start looking at group size. Do this each time you change brands of ammunition as well. Keep the chamber clean, but don't clean the bore too much you will decrease accuracy. Depending on the ammo, clean the bore around every 500 rounds.