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Review: V Seven Weapon Systems 10/22 20 CAL Barrel

The 10/22 20 CAL Barrels from V Seven Weapon Systems (V7) are pretty interesting to say the least. They offer excellent accuracy and make use of a tapered bore (or maybe some voodoo magic) to generate increased velocity and more energy down range.


These 416R stainless steel barrels are a direct drop-in replacement for your Ruger 10/22 rifle. They are available in a 16.1″ sporter profile (the subject of this review) and an 18″ bull barrel profile. Both barrels have a fluting option, feature a match chamber, threaded muzzle, and have oversized extractor pockets to ensure the extractor can move freely.

Both barrels also feature a relatively fast 1 in 10″ twist and a tapered bore that swages the projectile down from .22 caliber to .20 caliber. V7 claims that this feature leads to improved accuracy and reliability, increased ballistic coefficient (from reducing diameter and lengthening the projectile), and more energy down range. I actually saw a small but notable increase in velocity as well (more on that later).

Observations from Use

The barrel that I tested is the 16.1″, sporter profile version with fluting. I selected this barrel because, based on V7’s claims, I was hoping to use the barrel on my franken-22 to increase its effectiveness as a small game hunting and field rifle. My hope was that I could increase accuracy, increase range, and reduce the overall weight of my rifle just by replacing the barrel… and it worked.

There are some bold claims associated with these barrels and I wanted to test them to the extent that I could. I first installed the barrel on a rifle that has become an absolute mish-mash of parts over the years. It has a Weaver 2.5-7×28 Rimfire scope mounted to a mostly original 10/22 receiver and action. The rifle is full of various other replacement parts like an upgraded extractor, a Ruger OEM laminate stock that I picked up cheap years ago, and upgraded trigger parts. The rifle ran great before the barrel install and ran great after so there was no change in reliability.

The next step was to try to recover some projectiles. This was done fairly easily and it did confirm that the projectiles are swaged slightly smaller and longer than a projectile shot from an OEM 18.5″ Ruger 10/22 barrel.

I gathered a chronograph and two additional 10/22 rifles – one with a Ruger OEM 18.5″ barrel and one with an Ruger OEM 16″ barrel – for velocity testing. Both of the OEM barrels that I used for comparison have very high round counts and that may be playing a role in the data. I used CCI Mini Mags for the testing and saw numbers from the V7 10/22 20 CAL barrel that were more in line with velocities from the Ruger OEM 18.5″ barrel.

The V7 10/22 20 Cal barrel averaged 1227.2 FPS over 50 rounds of CCI Round Nose Mini-Mags. The standard 16″ Ruger OEM barrel averaged 1219.2 fps and the 18.5″ averaged right at 1224 fps. The 16.1″ V7 barrel was producing velocities faster than the longer 18.5″ barrel. Some of that could have to do with the round counts on the barrel in question and some with the properties of the V7 barrel.

Accuracy was excellent with CCI Mini Mags. I generally sight my .22 rifles at 50 yards and that is also where I did my accuracy testing. The groups averaged just over .69″ in max spread at 50 yards with the group pictured below being pretty typical. I suspect a better shooter could print more impressive results as I often had 1 or 2 fliers that had a large effect on overall group size.

Aside from all the performance numbers, I should also point out the less tangible qualities of this barrel. It is light, short, and looks great. So many after-market barrel makers neglect the sporter profiles barrels. Not everyone wants a heavy target rifle. Some of us want to actually spend time with our rifles in hand, walking the woods and that is the domain of the sporter profile barrel.

Wrap Up

These barrels could really stand to be tested beyond my capabilities to truly flesh out their claims – especially regarding down range energy. However, here is what I know… The barrel offers a great accuracy improvement over an OEM barrel. The V7 10/22 20 CAL barrel shows a slight increase in velocity over OEM barrels (even OEM barrels that are longer). Finally, the projectiles actually are swaged to a smaller diameter and increased overall length which should theoretically increase BC and thus down range performance to some extent. All of that points to confirmation of the claims.

I am impressed with the performance and handling of this barrel. I have found it to be a source of endless fascination and conversation with other gun guys… and it shoots.

V7 10/22 20 CAL Barrels

Disclosure: This barrel was sent to me by V7, free of charge, for this review.

V Seven 6.5 Creedmoor Match Barrels

The new V Seven Weapon Systems’ 20″ 6.5 Creedmoor Match Barrels are now available for your AR308 (or maybe AR6.5… I guess). The barrel has many of the same features found on other V7 barrels like 416R stainless steel construction, polygonal rifling, V7 Match Chamber, Melonite treated barrel extension, optional fluting, an included pinned gas block, and gas tube.


V Seven 308 Win. Stainless 11.5″ Match Barrel

V SEVEN’s new Stainless 11.5″ Match Barrel chambered in .308 Win. is now available. It features 416R stainless construction with polygonal rifling and a 1 in 10″ twist rate. This barrel has V SEVEN’s match chamber and the bore is lapped. It also has a Melonite coated barrel extension with extended feed ramps.

This short length and lightweight profile of this barrel keep weight to a minimum. It weighs 27 ounces with the included low profile gas block and fluting is available to reduce weight even further.

V Seven 308 Win. Stainless 11.5″ Match Barrel

V7 Ultralight Buffer Kit

V7 is now offering many of their ultralight AR-15 recoil and buffer tube parts as a kit for one price. The Ultralight Buffer Kit includes:

  • V7 Lightweight Castle Nut
  • V7 Ultralight QD End Plate
  • V7 Titanium Buffer Retainer (and spring)
  • Your choice of V7 Buffer Tubes
  • Recoil Spring
  • H1 Buffer

Check out the V7 Ultralight Buffer Kit at V7 Weapon Systems



V Seven has launched an updated version of their 16″ LR Enlightened AR-15 Rifle. It has a number of updates including the buffer tube, rail, barrel nut and some other small parts. The result is a production rifle that weighs in at less 4 pounds, 13.5 ounces.

V Seven 16″ LR Enlightened AR-15 Rifle at V7WeaponSystems.com


V SEVEN Upper Parts:

Enlightened 2055 upper receiver
Ultra-light 13.5” KeyMod handguard w/7068 alum. barrel nut
16” 5.56 Stainless Lightweight contour fluted barrel
Barrel is 1:7-in. twist
Titanium BCG-5.56
Lightweight AR-15 charging handle
Ultra-light AIR AR-15 port door
Ultra-light Enlarged end port door rod
1/2 x 28 Titanium A2 style compensator- Ionbond (DLC) black finish

V SEVEN Lower Parts:

Enlightened 2055 lower receiver w/QD endplate
2055 carbine buffer tube
7068 Lightweight castle nut
Titanium buffer retainer
Carbine buffer spring
H1 buffer
Hybrid RH 57 degree selector w/titanium core
7068 Ultra-light mag catch/release w/diamond button
Lightweight S7 tool steel bolt catch- Ionbond (DLC) black finish
Ultra-light AR-15 Takedown/pivot pin set
Titanium trigger/hammer pins Geissele .155” diameter
Titanium grip screw

Additional Components:

Geissele G2S trigger
BCM Gunfighter stock assembly- black
BCM MOD-0 grip- black
TangoDown ARC mag 30rnd (where legal)

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