Lilja Rifle Barrels

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Lilja Precision Rifle Barrels, Inc. was started in 1985 by Daniel Lilja as a result of his interest in benchrest rifles. Dan has been an active benchrest shooter since the mid 1970s and has an industrial engineering and machinist / toolmaker background. He enjoys shooting at benchrest matches and has won and placed well at national level matches over the years. He and his family also enjoy big game and varmint hunting. Dan is also a volunteer Hunter Safety Instructor in Montana and is a Boy Scout merit badge counselor for wilderness survival and aviation. Lilja Rifle Barrels also sponsors a scholarship for local high school seniors.

Since Dan started this business Lilja barrels shot by him and others have won events in every major benchrest tournament, including the NBRSA and IBS Nationals, the Super Shoot, the Cactus, the Crawfish and Williamsport, as well as FCSA, BR-50 and CBA matches. They have also set NBRSA, BR-50, IR 50/50, RBA, ARA and CBA records. In 2004 an Olympic Gold medal was won using a Lilja .22 rimfire barrel. Dan has also served as both director and president of the NBRSA and is a Trustee of the Rifled Arms Historical Association. From this benchrest beginning, shooters desiring the ultimate in accurate barrels have called on Lilja Rifle Barrels. Lilja furnishes barrels for other competitive shooting sports, hunting and varmint rifles. There is also a growing demand for these barrels in law enforcement counter-sniper rifles and a number of military agencies including the U.S. Army, the U.S. Army Rangers, the U.S. Army Research Lab, the U.S. Navy Seals, the U.S.         Coast Guard, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, the U.S. Airforce Shooting Team, U.S. Army Reserve Shooting Team, the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Grounds, the FBI, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and Canadian Special Forces and numerous local police and sheriff departments. These customers demand the best and so should you.

Lilja barrels have also been used by all the major bullet manufacturing companies, and by the ammunition industry for accuracy and pressure testing of their products.

These barrels are made from rifle barrel quality, 416-type stainless and 4140-type chrome-moly steels manufactured in the U.S. In addition, all of our tooling is either made in our shop or by U.S. suppliers. The barrels are pull-button rifled, with a very uniform twist rate. Every barrel is  stress-relieved in a vacuum furnace, handlapped, and inspected with a video bore scope. Quality is also assured through the use of our Sheffield Air Gauge System and Rockwell Hardness Tester. Stainless steel barrels are guaranteed to be uniform dimensionally to .0001" and free from internal tool marks. Chrome-moly barrels are uniform to within .0002" end to end. We do not have different grades of barrels in the two types of steel: just one, our best match quality.


Barrel Contour Data

Contoured Barrels:



Barrel Number

ABCDEFApprox. Weight at "F" Length in .30 caliberWeight per inch at "C" Diameter in .30 caliber
1 1.200" .700" .525" 2.50" 6" 27.0" 2.70 lbs. .040 lbs.
2 1.200" .750" .575" 2.50" 6" 27.0" 3.00 .052
3 1.200" .800" .625" 2.75" 6" 27.0" 3.37 .065
4 1.200" .825" .650" 2.75" 6" 27.0" 3.59 .072
5 1.250" .875" .700" 3.00" 6" 27.0" 4.00 .087
6 1.250" .925" .750" 3.25" 6.5" 27.0" 4.46 .103
7 1.250" 1.000" .825" 3.50" 6.5" 27.0" 5.07 .128
8 1.250" 1.075" .900" 3.50" 6.5" 27.0" 5.90 .156

The above contours listed are our standard contours. Our standard length contoured and straight taper barrels listed above are furnished 28" long, with 27" useable. All contoured barrels have a taper of .008" per inch between the B and C diameters shown above, so the muzzle diameter for a shorter barrel would be proportionately larger. The radius of the contoured section is 30", tangent to the barrel at the "B" dimension point. On request we can make barrels of #4 contour or larger up to a 30" finish length.

Estimating Weights. The weights listed above are for a 27" long barrel in .30 caliber. For estimating the weights of shorter barrels, subtract the figure in the weight-per-inch column from the weight in the 27" length column. For example the weight for a 27" #5 contour is listed above at 4.00 pounds. For a 24" length: 4.00 - (3 x .087) = 3.74 pounds. Keep in mind that these are approximate weights and that calibers other than .30 will weigh more or less. At a 27" length a .224 caliber barrel will weigh .247 pounds more than a .30 caliber barrel. Threading and chambering would typically reduce the weight by about .20 pounds.

We can also duplicate some factory barrel contours like the Remington contours including the Varmint / Sendaro contours and the Winchester model 70, Weatherby and a few others.


Straight Taper Benchrest Barrels:


Barrel TaperACDFApprox. Weight at "F" Length
NBRSA HV Taper 1.250" .925" 5.0" 27.0" 6.75 lbs.
1.200 HV Taper 1.200" .875" 5.0" 27.0" 6.25 lbs.
NBRSA Hunter 1.250" .725" 4.0" 27.0" 5.75 lbs.
Tactical 1.200" .780" 4.0" 27.0" 5.65 lbs.

The two HV taper barrels above have a taper of .015" per inch. The Tactical taper is a pattern developed by one of our military customers. It has a taper of .018" per inch. The NBRSA Hunter taper is .024" per inch. Our standard length barrels are furnished 28" long and will finish up to 27". On request we can make them up to a 30" finish length.

Palma         Contours:


Palma Barrel DesignationABCDEFApprox. Weight at "F" Length in .30 caliber
7 x 28" 1.250" 1.000" .815" 3.5" 6.5" 28.0" 5.25 lbs.
7 x 30" 1.250" 1.000" .800" 3.5" 6.5" 30.0" 5.50
Palma 28 1.250" .950" .795" 5.0" 8.5" 28.0" 5.25
Palma 30 1.250" .950" .780" 5.0" 8.5" 30.0" 5.48
Palma 30B 1.250" .950" .815" 5.0" 8.5" 30.0" 5.62
Palma 31B 1.250" .950" .810" 5.0" 8.5" 31.0" 5.92
Palma 32 1.250" .950" .760" 5.0" 8.5" 32.0" 5.68
Palma 34 1.250" .950" .745" 5.0" 8.5" 34.0" 5.89

The contours listed above are what we refer to as Palma contours. They can be used for any long-range over-the-course type rifles. Specifically for Palma shooting we offer these in a tight .299" bore diameter 13" twist 3-groove rifling configuration. All other calibers and twist combinations available in barrels up to 30". For barrels over 30" caliber and twist combinations available are .264 - 8", 7mm - 9", .30 - 10", .30 - 11", and .30 - 13". The weights listed will vary slightly with caliber - most were .30 caliber when weighed.

The radius of the contoured section is 36", tangent to the barrel at the "B" dimension point and the taper between the B and C diameters is .008" per inch except for Palma 30B.

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