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Unread 06-11-2013, 06:08 PM
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Re: Melonite treated bolts / bolt carriers

I'm sure there are threads here on LRH that have debated the effectiveness of Meloniting or salt bath nitriding gun components. I'm surprised this one has been around awhile and no one else has posted the link to an older thread.

I followed a similar one one snipershide that went on and on for sometime with shooters chiming in on increased velocities and barrel life after treating their barrels and actions. It seems to be a polarizing topic, some very respected gunsmiths recommend the treatment and others (like the one I most recently bought a custom rifle from) will cite studies and statistics that counter the idea. My gunsmith quoted a massive study that our military (not sure what branch) undertook to study the effectiveness of meloniting for service weapons. After many years they concluded that it wasn't something that the military would benefit from.

On the other hand its hard to argue with all of the shooters who are posting their increased chronograph speeds and almost doubling the amount of rounds they put down their barrels before burning out the throats.

I know that the thread on Snipershide really focused on the process that was being done by MMI Trutec. I tried to find the youtube videos that documented the entire process, I remember watching them a couple years ago but now I can't find them. Its a really interesting process.
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Unread 06-12-2013, 09:03 PM
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Re: Melonite treated bolts / bolt carriers

Originally Posted by c_bass16 View Post
For a standard AR, I don't really see the need...but I can tell you that running suppressed is not the same.
I've had my bolt and trigger group get so sticky with carbon that its noticeably more difficult to chamber a round and my trigger pull has virtually doubled.

I've used two different kinds of CLP on the bolt and trigger group and it helps A LOT, but for $50 or less (to do 4 different bolts and numerous QD suppressor mounts) I believe it would be worth it for me.
Suppressed is the only time I would advocate anyone spending their money on a good piston rifle like the HK 416 or a conversion for their MRP.
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