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Old 01-22-2008, 06:26 AM
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Stainless Barrel vs. Blued Barrel


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I’m looking at getting a new rifle, and am trying to decide between a stainless barrel and a blued barrel. My .30-30 has a blued barrel, and I’ve not had any major issues with corrosion as of yet. However, in retrospect, it’s only ever been used on relatively dry, fall days. My next rifle is going to be a winter / inclement weather rifle with a synthetic stock.

I live in eastern <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comCanada</st1:country-region>, and the weather can be quite severe at times, especially in winter. (All you <st1:State w:st="on"><ST1Maine</ST1la </st1:State> folks can attest to that!) Is there really a marked difference in the corrosion resistance of a stainless barrel versus a blued barrel which is regularly cleaned and oiled? What, if any, are some of the downsides of stainless barrels? Are they stronger than blued barrels? If it was chambered in .220 swift for example, would a blued barrel wear out faster than a stainless barrel?
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Old 01-22-2008, 06:31 AM
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Stainless barrels will outlast a standard steel barrel. They won't rust near as easy, the only downside is their ugly.
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Old 01-22-2008, 06:43 AM
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Conventional blued barrels are made from Chrome Moly steel alloy and are very tough.

Stainless steel barrels are typically made form 416 alloy and also have adequate mechanical properties. However the mechanical properties tend to fall of at lower temperatures. I have heard of some SS barrels bursting around the freezing mark. You may want to research this a little deeper than I have.

They also tend to heat up and cool down faster than chrome moly barrels which may cause accuracy problems when target shooting.

I like the aesthetics of a SS barrel in a composite stock. They are more resistant to corrosion but will rust if neglected. maybe better than blued for saltwater environments.


A blued barrel will also resist corrosion vet nicely if properly maintained.
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Old 01-23-2008, 01:21 PM
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I have to admit that I don't have a stainless rifle barrel, other than a couple of target rifles. My hunting rifles have surviived quite nicely, even though they are blued steel. I credit some of that to using Breakfree CLP regularly on the outside. As for the inside of the barrel, I always take care to tape the muzzle of the rifle before I hunt, which keeps all of the rain and snow out of the inside of the barrel. If you tape it properly, you have enough left over to tape it again after a shot.
If you keep the moisture out, you have to worry less about corrosion.
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Old 01-24-2008, 10:59 AM
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Aside from ugly, I have not had much luck with accuracy from a stainless barrel, Winchester/Ruger/Remington. Could be just luck of the draw?
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Old 01-24-2008, 11:10 AM
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SS barrels that are bursting at the freezing point will be big news to Winchester, Remington, Savage, Shilen, Douglas, Pac-nor, Lilja and a ton of others.

Where did that come from ?

Sounds like a real death trap for anyone who hunts in CO.

As fas as which is more accurate ...how can you compare ? I own a whole bunch of both and have yet to see where that is true or could be determined.
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Old 01-24-2008, 11:33 AM
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If I knew I were going to be spending lots of time hunting in inclement weather under circumstances that would make regular maintenance difficult or impossible, I'd prefer stainless. Otherwise, I'd spend the extra money stainless usually commands on other things, like perhaps a better quality scope or really good rain gear.
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Old 01-24-2008, 12:09 PM
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SS barrels that are bursting at the freezing point will be big news to Winchester, Remington, Savage, Shilen, Douglas, Pac-nor, Lilja and a ton of others.

Where did that come from ?

Sounds like a real death trap for anyone who hunts in CO.

As fas as which is more accurate ...how can you compare ? I own a whole bunch of both and have yet to see where that is true or could be determined.

It is a fact that more stainless barrels split than chrome moly, and cold weather has been blamed as a contributing factor
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Old 01-24-2008, 12:34 PM
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Lilja and Krieger disagree on this. It's no secret that some steels get brittle at low temperatures. Suncor had an old excavator up on the tarsands when I worked there. It would disassemble itself if they used it in the winter.

http://www.riflebarrels.com/faq_lilj...ls.htm#subzero

http://www.kriegerbarrels.com/RapidC...CompanyId=1246 (Note at bottom right.)

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