stainless steel barrel on a AR


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HOLY DIVER
December 9, 2009, 10:50 PM
i've read post after post after post about chrome lined barrels vs. not chromed but i'm wondering how does a stainless steel barrel stack up against a chrome lined barrel? and how does it stack up against a chrome molly barrel?

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taliv
December 9, 2009, 11:18 PM
everybody in high power/cmp shoots stainless (well, almost everybody)

easy
December 9, 2009, 11:38 PM
Chromoly is high carbon steel, regular rifle barrel stuff. Chrome lining is a plating process that coats the inside (bore) of a barrel to help prevent damage from corrosive ammo.

The hard chrome lining is not distributed as evenly as you might think and does have variations in plating thickness that will affect bullet friction and accuracy. Still, great stuff to have in your barrel.

Stainless steel on the otherhand does not require a chrome lining as it is already corrosion resistant. It provides a more consistant bore dimension than chrome lining a barrel. And it's heavy.

If I had the option of SS over chrome lined in the same barrel contour and dimensions, SS all the way!

ROGER4314
December 10, 2009, 12:22 AM
If you venture out to the 200,300,600 yard firing lines, stainless barrels for the AR-15 are very common.

I have a couple of both and I see no difference in performance except for the "golly--- cool" factor.

The best advice is to pick one and shoot it until the finish wears off of it.

Flash

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