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Just got my IGB 357sig barrel and I was surprised to see a semi-finished barrel that needed fitting... 8-O Has anyone else gotten barrels from these folks??? I'm used to getting very highly polished barrels without machining marks all over the thing....But Marc the distributor assures me these are high quality comp barrels.......So has anyone fit one of these barrels in their Steyrs.....The sides seem to need filing as well as the lock up area. I'm not sure where to file safely and need some advice on this one.....
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yea, that would make this "drop in " barrel just about the cost of a M series 357..... :evil:
 

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Hiya Shooter :)

Sorry the IGB barrel wasn't what you expected. I feel kinda involved since I've made several posts mentioning MDW and Marc Wagner. Since I've been in contact with Marc for my S357 barrel for my new S40-A1 (which I'm still anxiously waiting for), I felt that I should contact him immediately to get what Marc has to say about their return policy. I emailed Marc last night and this morning I got this email back from him, along with a pic.

Hi Wulf

First off all, there are no "machine marks" on the barrel and "high polished" I guess is mend for maybe stainless?
The IGB barrels are not stainless and neither are the Steyr barrel. The IGB barrel finish however is in the same quality as Steyr.
I added a picture of a barrel as was send out.
Also it's an industries standard, that barrels are "semi drop in". Call BarSto or Jarvis and they will tell you the same.
All required are a few strokes to assure the perfect fit, which then gives the gun a good accuracy.
If anyone is not happy with the barrel, they can return it (before any fitting work is done) for refund.


If its not what you expected, send it back ASAP for a full refund. Or, better yet, someone here in the Club will want it to compliment their M40 or M40-A1. Hell, if ya send it back and exchange it for the S357 barrel, I'll send ya the cash. Also, if there is anyone that has had dealings with MDW or IGB Austria, plz post your experience with the quality and the results after having it installed, and lets getta realtime handle on this ASAP for future reference. Sorry it wasn't what you expected, Shooter. I betcha everything will turn out fine. Hava great weekend, All. :D

Wulf
 

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Wulf,
thanks for the update. He is wrong about the Barsto or KKM barrels. Those marked as "drop in" are just that. I have two KKM barrels and they fit perfectly. As far as the machine marks, they are in the bottom and side lug areas and are obvious. I don't think they would interfere with the functioning or accuracy, but they don't look like high quality machining. The shell chamber is not polished and looks (I'll look closer tonite) rather rough and unfinished. I will have my machinist friend check out the barrel and get his impressions. I just wished the literature was "semi-drop in" and not "drop in"........................
 

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Hiya Shooter :)

Hey, if ya can, get some good pics to post of your Bar-Sto or KKM to compare, maybe a side by side of the 2. Better yet, put all 3 different makes in one frame. That oughtta be a great visual confirmation of quality, finish, etc. I wish I had 'em in my hand to make my own comparisons. Of course, no one else makes an after market S357 barrel, to my knowledge.

Hey!...Anybody out there know where I can get an after market S or M 357 SIG barrel?

That oughtta do it. 8) Hava great weekend.

Wulf
 

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Interesting, I just bought an IGB barrel for my CZ 75.
According to the IGB web site and the retailer it was supposed to be "drop in" but no.
Happily the retailer agreed to do the fitting for free as they claimed it to be a "drop in".
Still, I'm thinking of a 9mm IGB barrel for my M40, would be nice in the winter (don't want to lose my .40 brass in the snow... :roll: )
 

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I'll do the best I can on the photo thing, but it isn't going to be the same since SS barrels are always polished. The IGB barrels are carbon (?) steel.
Yea Wulf, I agree, better to have a 357 barrel then not....... :lol: Let's see how accurate they are once its fitted by (hopefully) my skilled friend. More pics tonight................hopefully....... :?

Yea, Som-finn, that's what I mean Drop-in isn't drop -in...........I think I'll have to polish up the bullet chamber too..........
 

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I was just thinking that a better comparision would be a stock Steyr barrel and the IGB. I'll try and set that up tonite Wulf.......
 

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Wulf said:
Hiya Shooter :)

Sorry the IGB barrel wasn't what you expected. I feel kinda involved since I've made several posts mentioning MDW and Marc Wagner. Since I've been in contact with Marc for my S357 barrel for my new S40-A1 (which I'm still anxiously waiting for), I felt that I should contact him immediately to get what Marc has to say about their return policy. I emailed Marc last night and this morning I got this email back from him, along with a pic.




Hell, if ya send it back and exchange it for the S357 barrel, I'll send ya the cash. Also, if there is anyone that has had dealings with MDW or IGB Austria, plz post your experience with the quality and the results after having it installed, and lets getta realtime handle on this ASAP for future reference. Sorry it wasn't what you expected, Shooter. I betcha everything will turn out fine. Hava great weekend, All. :D

Wulf
Hey Wulf, have you thought of getting the 357 barrel and cutting it down to S size...that should be an easy fix..... :idea:
 

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I am glad I am reading this thread...I was about to call Marc and order the 357 sig barrel. I have heard from other SC members who own an IGB barrel that they are very accurate...I believe it was IDPASteyr who has one.
 

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I just got off the phone with my buddy and he is going to look at it tomorrow. If he does work on it by hand, I'll take pics of the process. If its really easy, and I think this will be I'll do it myself and post pics and tools used....................Otherwise he has the Bridgeport etc in his garage.
I think IDPA Steyr has become IDPASmith&Wesson..... :lol:
 

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The IGB barrels are top notch - I would argue even better than the factory ones in terms of their design and quality. The machining leaves a little to be desired, but I don't mind the light machining marks. That being said, my IGB destroyed my slide - you need to make sure to have it fitted before dropping in.

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If the crude above picture is the barrel, you need to lightly file the area with the * mark. This is the front of the barrel that the slide moves over.
 

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