Happy with 6.5×47 Bull Barrel Build

Tyler J. of Montana recently sent us a note regarding his 6.5×47 bull barrel Criterion build. Tyler had the following to say.

“Finished up my 6.5×47 build and a great big thanks for recommending the Criterion barrel 28″ bull. I can’t say much else other than a picture is worth a thousand words. 200 yards 3 Shots, less than 25 rounds through the barrel so far. Thanks for the great service!”

Thanks for the message Tyler and happy shooting!

gun and targets

F-Class Competitor Chooses Criterion Barrels

Martin J. of Michigan recently sent us a message regarding his happy choice to start using Criterion barrels for his F-class rifle builds. Here is what he had to say.

“Over the years I’ve tried a number of different barrels on my Savage actions, from top name barrel makers and they all shot well. But, I’m sold on my Criterion barrels because they shoot consistently higher Scores in my F-class shoots. The rifle in the photo has a Criterion 6.5×55 Swede 28″ Bull barrel. The action is a single shot Savage 12 . The scope is a SWFA  fixed 20 power. The barrel has 2300 rounds fired through it and I still shot 594 out of 600 at my last F-class match. The 5 round targets, all shot at 600 yards, show that if you do your bit on the reloading bench and on the shooting range, your Criterion barrel will excel. I expect to get at least another 1000 rounds or more of competitive shooting from this barrel. I just received my third Criterion barrel in 6.5 Creedmoor 28″ Bull to take over when the 6.5 Swede is shot out. I have no doubt it will exceed my expectations. Thanks for keeping me competitive!”

Thanks for the message Martin and happy shooting!


New Calibers Available from Shilen and Criterion








Northland Shooters Supply is now offering three new calibers available from Shilen. The new calibers are:

  • 223 REM VLD Match – .090 free bore
  • 243 WIN VLD Match – .104 free bore
  • 260 REM VLD Match – .160 free bore

Northland Shooters Supply is now offering three new calibers available from Criterion. The new calibers are:

  • 6mm Creedmoor Match – .183 free bore versus the 6mm Creedmoor with .109 free bore.
  • 6.5 Grendel
  • 6.5 SAUM GAP 4S – .081 free bore versus the 6.5 SAUM Match with .188 free bore. (Large Shank Only)
6.5 Creedmoor

Another Happy 6.5 Creedmoor Build

Matt V. of Tennessee recently sent us some photos of his 6.5 Creedmoor Criterion-Savage build. Matt had the following to say.

“I spoke with you about my 6.5 Creedmoor 26in Criterion heavy barrel a few weeks ago that I bought from you. I recently bought a Bell and Carlson Savage M40 stock and that solved my problem with weird groups I was getting and shots being strung out vertically.  This barrel is completely free floated from the recoil lug on out and the stock has an aluminum bedding block in it. Anyways, this is just more or less a feedback about the barrel which prints incredibly small groups now and with about 800 rounds through it. Here’s some pics that I wanted to show. Anyways, thanks again and I will definitely be buying more criterion barrels from you.”

All 5 shots groups at 100 yards

140 gr hornady pic#1
1st pic is 140 gr hornady bthp

139 gr Lapua pic#2
2nd pic is Lapua 139gr scenar bthp

140 gr nosler pic#3
3rd pic is Nosler custom completion 140gr bthp


1000 yard doe

Deer Shot at 1000 Yards with 6.5 Creedmoor

Joseph K. of Georgia recently sent us a photo of his 2016 deer hunt where he took down his doe at 1000 yards with his 6.5 Creedmoor Criterion barrel. Joseph had the following to say.

“I took this Doe last evening at 1000 yards with the 6.5 Creedmoor. Amazing rifles, can’t say enough about the CBI barrels. Every one that I’ve built has been perfect 1000 yard accuracy, even with Hornady factory ammo. This was with my hand load -Berger 140 VLD bullet.  Perfect heart lung shot and she ran about 70 yards.”

Thanks for the photo Joseph and happy hunting!

1000 yard Shilen

1000 Yard Shilen 6mm Dasher Shoot

Jamie L. of North Carolina recently sent us some photos of his 1000 yard shoot with his 6mm Dasher Shilen barrel. Here is what Jamie had to say.

“Savage 12 target action using a Shilen 6mm dasher with an 8-twist.  With NSS trued barrel nut and recoil lug.  Pacific Tool and Gauge bolt face and Dave Lambert lift kit.
Shot the targets at Harry Jones range and won the 6 match Agg. My load is RL 15 with EPS 106 bullets.”

1000 Shilen shoot

Thanks for the photos Jamie and happy shooting!