Originally Posted by gr8whyt
What do you consider "extreme cold"? What do you mean by "dangerous in some environments"?
From the FAQ section on Dan Lilja's web site:
"Q. Can stainless steel barrels be safely fired in sub zero temperatures? Yes they certainly can be. There is a myth going around that stainless steel alloys used in rifle barrels loose their strength in sub zero temperatures. There is no truth to that. We have made many thousands of barrels that have been fired safely in below zero temperatures as have all of the other custom barrel makers as well as the major arms manufacturers. This is an urban legend that should be chilled"
But from Krieger's web site:
"Stainless Steel.....It is inadvisable to use stainless steel in very cold temperatures, i.e.below 0 Degrees F, as stainless loses fatigue resistance in very cold weather."
I respect both barrel makers as tops in the products they produce. And I would consider both of them very knowledgeable about the materials they use. So I really struggle to reconcile this point.
I totally agree that some grades of stainless steels loses strength at extreme cold temperatures, "BUT" it is so cold before it effects the safety that a person could not live very
long and certainly would not be hunting in those temperatures.
I am like you about why two premier barrels makers disagree on this and I think it is a cover
your ass lawyer talking instead of Krieger. if it is true why wouldn't Lilja protect himself with a simple
If it was true do you think that all of the rifle makers like Remington ,Browning, Weatherby,
Sako and others would risk lawsuits that could ruin them when all they would have to do is not make Stainless Actions.
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