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Old 05-21-2004, 11:35 AM
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I'm sure this demonstrates a certain amount of ignorance on my part, but other than looking cool, what are the benefits of a stainless steel barrel on an otherwise blued .22LR rifle?
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Old 05-21-2004, 11:53 AM
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Stainless steel is highly resistant to rust, corrosion, and throat erosion. Some stainless alloys are also capable of a smoother bore finish than chrome-molly steel. You will find that the top barrel makers use stainless for their best match barrels.
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Old 05-23-2004, 08:58 PM
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I'll be honest - 100% coolness was the only reason I got stainless. Told the guys at the club it was to make cleaning easier!
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Just because it say's stainless doesn't mean it wont rust.You should look at my Marlin 17.
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Old 05-23-2004, 10:22 PM
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IMHO some stainless will rust faster

then there blued counterpart! I have seen Ruger P-series pistol that were stainless have rust on them from the factory. I think alot of it has to do with the smoothness of the finish.
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Crome-moly is my choice
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Old 05-26-2004, 08:28 AM
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Boat gun

I just traded for a 10-22T stainless and it's my new boat gun. I know that it can rust but is much more rust resistant than a blue gun. It was used but in very good condition with some small scratches on the tube. I hit it with a little Mother's metal polish and it it turned into a cool looking hammer forged spiral chrome looking thing. I like it!
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Old 05-26-2004, 11:32 AM
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I thought they made stainless barrels because it's easier on their tooling and they don't have to blue them or paint them.

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