Blued vs SS, Tikka T3

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by Kvux, Jun 21, 2014.

  1. Kvux

    Kvux New Member

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    Looking for an accurate .308 under 1k and deciced on the Tikka T3 Lite.
    It comes in either blued (blk) barrel or Stainless Steel barrel. Is there a difference in performance or quality btwn the two, or just pesonal preferance?
     
  2. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    When the SS Barrels first came out they had difficulty producing barrels as good as Chrome Moly
    barrels. Now they are just as accurate and have a slight advantage in barrel life. (The Stainless is
    more wear resistant) . The other big advantage to stainless is it resistance to corrosion/rust. A chrome moly barrel needs to be cleaned soon after it is shot and also after it gets wet (Bad weather).

    The stainless will still corrode/rust if neglected but it takes a lot longer.

    In other words a stainless barrel is easier to maintain and last longer.

    As far as accuracy ,there is no difference if both barrels are the same quality.

    J E CUSTOM
     

  3. FearNoWind

    FearNoWind Well-Known Member

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    J E Custom offers good advice. I no longer build rifles with anything but SS barrels.
    Only advice I can offer is that you run a bore scope down the barrel when you get it to make sure there's not blemishes.
    Stainless is a bit more difficult to machine and, sometimes, I've found a few blemishes (usually in the grooves) in finished rifles. It hasn't been a problem with performance but it does leave one with something to consider when deciding whether or not to accept delivery.
    Tikka is good stuff. Enjoy that new rifle