Re: Melonite barrel treatment
A surface hardening process,,,, helps resist the effects of friction and the high heat of the burning propellant. Besides cutting tools, I've known the process to be used on "highly loaded" journal bearings. Glock slides are melonite treated... I've kept an eye on my XC with a bore scope,,, I see very little evidence of wear, if any, in the throat or the rifling. The next one I have treated I'll put under the hardness tester for a "before and after" check. The benifits are there, the cost is low. The barrel makers can't keep up with demand, the only ones it might hurt is those of us that install custom barrels!
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