Stainless steel barrel vs. steel barrel


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sfrost1s
April 11, 2003, 12:28 PM
Other than corrosion and cost, what are the major pros and cons between a stainless steel barrel and a steel barrel?

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9mmepiphany
April 11, 2003, 02:33 PM
i don't know if it applies to handguns, but stainless rifle barrels are supposed to be more accurate and wear better...more consistent?...at least that's what armalite said when i ordered my M-15T

CZ-75
April 11, 2003, 03:38 PM
They also cost more, so think about that when someone is selling you a gun.

9mmepiphany
April 11, 2003, 04:19 PM
they also lend themselves better to being fluted, coated with teflon and then polished. the colored/filled flutes contrasting with the polished stainless steel is very :cool: ... especially on an ar with a colored/vented/floating handguard

Standing Wolf
April 11, 2003, 05:56 PM
I'd like stainless steel a lot better if it could be blued. I don't mind it too much in a carry gun, since a.) it's fairly practical, and b.) it's supposed to be concealed, but blued steel always looks better to my eye.

JohnKSa
April 11, 2003, 09:02 PM
You see a lot of stainless steel barrels on benchrest guns...

It's not because they are cheaper.

dakotasin
April 12, 2003, 12:41 AM
what i have heard, but do not personally know for fact:

stainless barrels are more accurate and provide longer life.
stainless barrels do not handle extreme cold weather as well.

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