Lothar-Walther .223 Wylde Match Grade Barrel – LiFe HD®

Rated 4.83 out of 5 based on 6 customer ratings
(6 customer reviews)


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The new LiFe HD® (Lithium & Iron) process is a proprietary process similar to Melonite/QPQ, but with better options. The LiFe HD® process creates a smoother (less porosity) surface finish, this imparts higher corrosion (twice the corrosion resistance as QPQ) resistance and lubricity characteristics. The hardness and depth are almost identical to QPQ, but LiFe HD® accomplishes it’s goal with a single one step procedure compared to the multi-step processes of QPQ (quench polish quench). A more uniform/deeper black finish also seems to be a byproduct of the process.

Lothar-Walther has been a leader in the production of match grade gun barrels for over 80 years. These barrels we offer here are made from their own proprietary blend of  stainless steel – LW50. This stainless steel was developed in 1994-95 as a safe alternative to 416R and to solve durability problems associated with 416R. No other company can offer this material in their barrels.

These barrels are drilled, rifled, chambered, profiled and finished completely by Lothar-Walther. The LiFe HD® is then done by the treatment facility that has done their melonite for some time.

These barrels offer the best in every aspect of performance. The stainless steel allows for seamless machining with a nearly perfect bore and chamber, the polygonal rifling offers less bullet deformation and increased velocity, and the proprietary steel composition greatly increases barrel life, durability and corrosion protection. We feel these features together along with the proprietary LiFe HD® process offer the best balance of accuracy and longevity in any AR barrel on the market today, as well as better options compared to any “match grade” barrel without the extremely high cost.

  • 16in or 18in True Match Grade Barrel
  • Proprietary LiFe HD® Treatment Process
  • .223 Wylde (can shoot .223 or 5.56)
  • Proprietary LW-50 Stainless Steel
  • 16″ SOCOM Weighs 2lb 1oz, 16″ Mid Weight is 1lb 13oz, 18in Light Medium is 2lb, 18in Medium Rifle is 2lb 6oz
  • All barrels Are Mid Length Gas Except for Medium Rifle Which Is Rifle Length
  • Polygonal Rifling
  • Extended/M4 Feed Ramps
  • .750 Gas Block
  • 1/2×28 TPI
  • Markings on Barrel Are S-8-P (Stainless, 8 Twist, Polygon) & “LW”


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16in Mid Weight, 16in SOCOM, 18in Light Medium, 18in Medium Rifle

6 reviews for Lothar-Walther .223 Wylde Match Grade Barrel – LiFe HD®

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    First off, had this barrel in exactly 2 days from order. The finish is beautiful and similar to Melonite. Consistent sub moa from hand loads with 77 SMK’s. MOA from factory match ammo. As far as longevity, the LW50 even without the treatment would be sufficient for me. I’ll post back after a few thousand rounds.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    S. Thompson

    Beautiful barrel by a company that just plain makes great barrels. My 16″ is much more accurate than I am, but I like that i can “grow into it” 🙂

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Chris S

    Gave it a shot when I saw them here about a month ago. The finish is similar to melonite, but it seems a bit more uniform then some I’ve seen. Finish is flawless and the barrel performs consistently. These are true match barrels.

  4. Rated 4 out of 5


    Shipping was quick. Barrel finish looks great. I will posy back once installed and fired. Great customer service over at Integrity and thanks for the swag!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5


    More expensive barrels are out there, but it will be hard to find one as nice. The LIFE treatment seems to be very well done and is definitely similar to Melonite. Cant really tell the difference. After a slight ‘break in’ procedure, consistent .75″ groups at 100yds was easy to get with hand loads. I’m not the best shot so I know those groups can get even better.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5


    The only thing I can say is, WOW! You pay for what you get and this barrel is a super accurate barrel. The life HD finish looks and performs well. This is a great product for a great price.

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