Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by jak67429, Oct 25, 2022.
Top rifle in that configuration from the factory
I do prefer stainless all over, but my current primary match rifle was a “misprint,” I wanted DLC coating on the bolt and inside the action, but they did an all over black DLC. I use either machine finish or bead blasted barrel blanks on the rifle. Since I’m going through two per year, I’m not paying extra cost to finish/coat/paint the barrels.
It is not the Boyd’s stock (Bell & Carlson), but maybe the dark color is similar enough to give you a rough idea.
I like the look.
Range toy, I'd leave it as is, especially if you plan on going through barrels, as some of the guys pointed out. For a a hunting rifle, it depends on your expected use, day trips, blued will be fine, extended trips, tents etc. I'd coat it. IF there's one thing I don't want to worry about after traipsing hill and dale it's rifle maintenance. I've also gone to all synthetic stocks for the same reason.
I recently had two rifles done with Cerakote and have a 3rd that was coated from the factory (Nosler M48). I'm very pleased with the results. I went with Graphite Black on one, and midnight blue on the 2nd. Graphite black on a Rem M7:
Midnight Blue on another M7:
Looks similar, but has a little more shine to it. There are numerous galleries available on line where you can see sample projects. Also a good CeraKoter can adjust mix ratios to give you more/less shine.
I'm working on another project rifle now to be completed in fall of 23 that's all stainless and I'm probably going to have it coated in Graphite Black just for added measure.
Black /blue receiver with a stainless barrels have a cool factor.
There's a lot to be said for a phased approach!
Easy to get it together, shoot/hunt with it for a year or two and assess where you want to go with it.
Out of curiosity, what profile barrel?
I'm in the procurement phase now and am probably going with a 24" Bartlein 2B and have the shank cut down to about 1" for my next project. That should get me about .630" at the muzzle.
I know what you mean about the cost. My last full up build took a little over a year and i just keep adding on as time went by.
How about having the bolt/receiver hardchromed? Metalife does a great job, it's extremely durable, and does not affect mechanical fit. Looks good too.
Not just esthetics; a really durable finish.
The last photo is one (22-250) I Cerakoted myself using a friend’s equipment. It has a flaw in it nobody except me will ever notice. I did it to look like a bluing job. Hindsight I wish I had gone with a duller finish.
But modern matte bluing loves to rust, especially savage's and Remington's in my experience.
I would coat it.
Honestly, I would Rust-Oleum it.
That's why I hard chrome and rhinestone my rifles... Disco ball drops 'em... That's what I always say.
Agreed. It’s definitely a “customized factory rifle look,” giving the vibe of “it was good enough to spend enough MORE to make it even better.”
If it worries you just before your hunt spray it with some flat black primer and when the hunt is over remove it with some lacquer thinner. I know it's a personal thing but I detest ceracoat or any of the other flat finishes on guns. It looks like a shortcut in the finish department. Maybe it's because I grew up in the era when even cheaper guns had a nice blued finish.
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