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Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by desmobob, Nov 7, 2019.

  1. desmobob

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    Stainless steel pistols? Check
    Stainless steel rifles? Check
    Stainless steel shotguns? Nope.

    Why is that? Even the shotguns designed for marine use use a protective coating rather than stainless steel construction. I'm guessing it has to do with the properties of stainless steel making it impractical for the thin barrel of a shotgun?
     
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    ...things that make you go, "hmmmm".
     
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    A stainless Browning auto5 would look cool.
     
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    The BT-99 and BT-100 have both been made in stainless steel.
     
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    The Ruger Red Label was offered in stainless for awhile also.
     
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  7. NR53

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    Ruger made a Red Label in stainless. oops too slow. LOL
     
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    Oh, i've got one. The ever so common and easily obtainable AA12. That count? Screenshot_20191107-223814_Google.jpg
     
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    Winchester 1200 was offered in stainless steel.
     
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    SS on any firearm is just a little easier to maintain. And only a little easier at that. Honestly, the difference is minor. I've never seen the metal parts of a firearm rust to the point where the gun was non-functional. It could happen, but it would take a looooong time and would have to be due to neglect, SS wouldn't help.

    It is the wood stock that is the weak link. I've seen wood stocks on firearms go from perfect condition to useless in a matter of minutes and the gun owner has no control over it. Shotgun owners have been much quicker to adopt synthetic stocks on guns meant for waterfowl and turkey hunting than rifle hunters. And you see a lot more shotguns coated in a camo finish. When was the last time you saw a factory big game rifle with camo on the stock and metal surfaces?

    Many hunters are also concerned that the SS finish will spook game. Most big game animals don't see colors the same way humans do and a SS rifle will be much less visible to them. And considering most big game hunters are wearing orange clothing to be seen easier it just doesn't make as much sense to try to hide the rifle. Waterfowl and turkey however see colors exactly the same way humans do, and their vision is much better. Wearing camo, even on the firearm just makes more sense.

    I think a combination of the above is why SS has been accepted on rifles and handguns and not on shotguns. And the trend even with those guns is moving away from uncoated SS. The various gun coatings today are becoming more popular and some guns made with SS are getting the darker coatings over the SS.
     
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    The reason is simple; money. Someone interested in the best cheap ___________ (fill in to suit) isn't likely to be interested. Some people would be, but doubtful there would be enough of them to make it worthwhile for the manufacturer (s).
     
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    My experience in salt water environments does not agree with that statement. Your experience could be different though.
     
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  13. desmobob

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    I would imagine there are a whole lot of coastal duck hunters who would spring for a stainless steel duck gun. I guess if that were the case, some manufacturer(s) would have tried selling one.
     
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    One of the problems is the flash of sunlight on the barrel spooking birds when you move. Blued steel is bad enough and stainless is worse. With a coating you get protection from corrosion and a non reflective barrel all at once.
     
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