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    Stainless Steel or blued please discuss

    Is a stainless steel barrel worth an extra hundred or so quid over a bog standard blued one and if so why?

    Forget looks as they are not important to me as far as guns are concerned I just need one to do a job.

    David

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    Quote Originally Posted by david1976 View Post
    Is a stainless steel barrel worth an extra hundred or so quid over a bog standard blued one and if so why?

    Forget looks as they are not important to me as far as guns are concerned I just need one to do a job.

    David
    I'd say your question is a bit like asking which is better, apples or oranges?

    But... In general terms, aesthetics aside, and all other things being equal stainless has many metallurgical qualities which make it function better. Not least being its superior wear-resistance/lubricity and of course the slightly easier maintainance aspect. It will rust if neglected but it doesn't do it as easily or as damagingly as wet/damp blued steel will tend to...but.. in the end I think, as far as "hunting" is concerned, the differences are too small to measure and it is a question of personal choice and preference in appearance and cleaning and use regimes.

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    The majority of high-grade match barrels are made from Stainless Steel, which is easier to machine because it is slightly softer.
    It is also easier to apply a fine, hand-lapped finish to a stainless bore. That said chrome-moly barrels can be just as accurate
    when made correctly.
    The stainless is harder wearing,slighty easier to maintain as Tamus said, then again any rifle which is properly looked after
    should give several years of good service. ( unless through neglect. )
    So the choice is really down to you!!

    Atb, Buck.
    "let him without sin cast the first stone"





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    I stand to be corrected,but,I am fairly sure that no-one actually makes barrels out of true Stainless steel,it is a mixture............I shall await the incoming

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    Apparently stainless is less suitable if you are going to hunt in the Arctic due to the low temps...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JabaliHunter View Post
    Apparently stainless is less suitable if you are going to hunt in the Arctic due to the low temps...
    It's not that cold in Scotland!

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    yes but it rains every day!

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    id go for stainless just for durability

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    I was pondering this before adding a .270 to my cabinet.

    I have a stainless barrelled 243 and ended up going for a blued 270, the only reason being was that I found in the "gloaming" or on bright mornings, the stainless barrel really seems to stand out more and give a bit more "glint" off the barrel.

    I know it's not a major issue but that was really the only deciding factor for me as a new blued/synth T3 was 674 and the stainless was only the price of a few boxes of ammo more at 780.

    I'm sure if they are both looked after then it's really down to personal choice.

    I liken it to fishing rods, I prefer a matt finish to my rod blanks as I always see varnished rods glinting in the sun from a good distance away when on the river and it always makes me wonder how much that could put a fish off??

    Might sound like I'm talking p1sh but it's just a confidence thing...

    rb

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    Quote Originally Posted by david1976 View Post
    Is a stainless steel barrel worth an extra hundred or so quid over a bog standard blued one and if so why?

    Forget looks as they are not important to me as far as guns are concerned I just need one to do a job.

    David
    No!!
    I bought a rifle for the estate I work on ,it`s stainless,And unless I oil it every time it`s used in the field it rusts. So it has to get the excact same treatment as any blued rifle but you have to pay extra for it.

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