Originally Posted by 94Winchester
I have read that stainless steel barrels might lead to greater velocity since they have less friction than carbon steel. Is this true? I was also wondering if there are any barrel makers that make barrels which have stainless steel on the inside of the barrel and carbon steel on the outside
Fit, Finnish and twist rates are the key to more velocity potential.
Stainless is more difficult to machine so more labor is required in order to meet quality
standards, hence the price difference.
The problem with some chrome molly barrels is that less care is taken with some of them
and a poor barrel is more common.
Quality is often controlled by price. and not the material.
Either material can be very accurate and have good velocities as long as the quality is there.
The fact that a stainless barrel is normally always lapped and a lot of carbon barrels are not
could lead to that conclusion but it is not a good comparison.
If you were to lap a carbon steel barrel and not lap the stainless barrel the outcome would
be just the opposite.
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