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 one of their .22 rimfire barrels. 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 Precision Rifle Barrels.
Lilja furnishes barrels for other competitive shooting sports, hunting and varmint rifles. There is also a growing demand for their 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. Air Force Shooting Team, U.S. Army Reserve Shooting Team, the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Grounds, the FBI, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canadian Special Force,s 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.
Lilja barrels are made from rifle barrel quality, 416-type stainless and 4140-type chrome-moly steels manufactured in the U.S. In addition, all Lilja tooling is either made in-house 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, hand-lapped, and inspected with a video bore scope. Quality is also assured through the use of a 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. Lilja do not have different grades of barrels in the two types of steel: just one, their best match quality.
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