Yes I do realize almost all the kits on the market don't have barrels anymore, I just decided to say it that way to try and keep it simple.The kits I've came across all DO NOT have barrels. Is there an advantage to chome lined? Also since the barreled kits are drying up what is the best option for an above average AK barrel?
Advantages to chrome lined barrels are mainly durability from the elements and corrosive ammo, chrome holds up very well to these conditions. You have to remember these kits (mainly when they had barrels) were military firearms and were designed to be abused in the field and to be fired for long periods of time in combat. I doubt anyone or only a few people that rebuild these are going to use them that way, so unless you think your going to be doing anything like this (or not cleaning it) a non-chromed barrel will be just as good.
Don't have a clue about an "above average" barrel, hopefully someone can give some suggestions.
Can't help with this one.Is hand-lapping feasible for your typical 4140 unlined barrel? I know all the horror stories of fire lapped bores, but they seem to be a cause of excessive usage. Would a moderate firelapping benefit?
I'll have to look.Do y'all have a link to a trigger job tutorial?
The AMD63 does use a 16" barrel, if you want to go longer you'll have to find a longer barrel or get one of those blanks and chamber & turn it down yourself.However, I will build it, but I wish to modify it to an AMD-63 type. I have a 14.5" std 4140 bbl, but I'd really like something over 16" to experiment with
Your welcome and I'll try to find some FCG info, I'm sure others would be interested too.