Re: Melonite Process
I, for one, have serious reservations about Melonite treating actions. #1, I've never worn an action out. #2, is harder better when it comes to actions? If so, why would it be? There comes a point when "harder" becomes brittle. 4140 and 416R, as heat treated by the mill, are tried and proven for many years. If the material needs to be 'harder' why aren't the action makers, like Remington, using material that's harder to begin with? A few more points harder is still no match for the carbide tooling used in their manufacture. Case hardened actions, like the Mauser '98 require 'blocking' when they're color case hardened. If they're not 'blocked' they tend to twist themselves into a knot upon quenching, you may not even be able to insert the bolt. Every receipt I've got from H&M says "QPQ",,,, quench, polish, quench. I have my doubts even though some of the custom action makers are using the process. I can clearly see improvements in barrel life, and that's what interests me about the process most. There's more to just having the barrel treated, like an hour or sometimes two cleaning the residue from the inside and thats best accomplished before mounting the barrel back on the receiver. So, add that to the cost unless you're doing your own work. I see the Melonite/Black Nitride process more as a process to extend barrel life, not as a 'finish', although I have some of my own that looked good enough I didn't CeraKote them.
"Shoots real good!": definition; it didn't blow-up in my face. 1993 graduate Montgomery Community College 2yr. gunsmithing program