Originally Posted by Garycrow
By an insignificant amount, it's not like stainless actions are failing due to this supposed weakness.
I'm with the other poster who said all his hunting rifles are stainless, mine are also. I live in a wet humid environment and stainless offers significant benefits I can't overlook. I won't even consider building or buying a chrome moly rifle for hunting. If it's a safe queen or only gets pulled out for target shooting then it really doesn't matter, but anything that gets hunted is stainless for me.
If you want it coated then cerakote is the most popular. I like the look of bead blasted stainless so I don't coat mine.
Insignificant is somewhat subjective. It's about 30% stronger, I don't consider that insignificant. It's true stainless actions aren't failing from weakness. It's also true that chromoly actions aren't failing from rust. If that were happening the chromoly bolt in your stainless action would fail. Stainless also galls easier, that's why it has a chromoly bolt.
An action is easy to coat. A coated chromoly action will be more corrosion resistant than a bare stainless action action. The coating will also improve the operation of either action. If you like the bead blasted bare stainless look, you could coat a chromoly action with NP3 and it would be stronger than stainless, more corrosion resistant, smoother to operate, and still have that look. You could also coat your stainless action and improve everything except the strength.