I have been speaking with Green Mountain about making a new run of MG74 profile barrels. (According to Wikipedia the MG74 is a MG42/59 variant licensed from Beretta and manufactured by Steyr Mannlicher.)
The MG74 profile barrel is called a “heavy barrel” and the barrel itself will have a chrome lined barrel with four right hand groves and a rifling twist rate of 1 in 305 mm (1:12) will have a riffing of 4x right hand twist to fit with a NATO 7.62x51 round, like the MG3 has.
Now, Wise Lite Arms is producing Green Mountain Barrel for Wise Lite Arms in .308. Barrels are made from 41V50 steel, chrome lined, with a Hot Black Oxide finish. Theirs will be 1:10 twist with the original M53 profile “to maintain a historic aesthetic”. Their stripped price is $300.00, shipped.
And I see where on Gun Broker recently sold a “…supposedly used factory Steyr MG74 Barrel. It appears to be in new condition…” for $441.02 PLUS $30.00 shipping.
Green Mountain wants a blueprint BEFORE we can talk about numbers of units and per unit costs. Well, I have a new in the wrap Steyr MG74 barrel and they will use it for a blueprint but I will need to pay for it. And that is OK if there any interest.
As to the barrel extensions – I am not a gunsmith and think a buyer would have a better outcome if the buyer provides his own barrel extension to have his own bolt head spaced as there a lot of barrel extensions around and for safety reasons. Then the buyer can stake it or have a gunsmith do it. I will ask them if they can engrave a number to match your receiver or bolt head, if possible.
The price would be between the Wise price and the Gun Broker price leaning more the Wise price area, depending my cost.
So, sent me a PM if you would be interested and the number of barrels you would want. If there is enough interest, I will pull the trigger and pony up the front money and order the barrels. I just really do not want to be stuck with bunch of barrels I can’t sell. I would think we can find the interest (or not) within a few weeks.