Originally Posted by Iron Worker
Dropped my rifle off at the Gun smith shop today.(Rem 700 6x284) I've had a 1,000+ rnds down it. Hart SS 416R bbl. Smith had a bore scope,first few inches looked like a checker board with out the checkers. All my loads were full throttle loads. Smith said " Chrom Molly bbls last longer then SS barrels ? What ? Did a search and dang I found no evidence to the contrary ! I called up a Brux barrels they said " 6 of one and a half a dozen of the other. SS barrels collect less copper then chrom Molly". Plus no evidence as one to be more accurate then the other. Found a post from a another barrel maker for over 30 years saying basically same thing. Thought that was quite interesting.
You can always find someone that has a different opinion on barrel material.
I would have to disagree that chrome Molly barrels last longer than stainless if treated the same
If they are subjected to extreme heat such as a full auto can produce the chrome will hold up
better for a short while then they have to be replaced. CM is cheaper so if you are going to
over heat a barrel and throw it away it might as well be half the cost.
For normal shooting the stainless has an edge in toughness and with out the problem of rust.
So a lot depends on application and use.
I have a hart stainless barreled 308 match rifle that has in excess of 20,000 rounds down the tube
and it will still shoot 1/2 MOA with iron sites and all of the chrome molly barreled rifles have lost accuracy long before that.
This is just my opinion based on many years of shooting both CM and Stainless.
J E CUSTOM