nitriding stainless

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by dogone, Apr 11, 2013.

  1. dogone

    dogone Member

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    Does anyone know if stainless can be liquid nitrided? I am just starting a build and really like the qualities and looks of nitriding.
     
  2. ultraedge

    ultraedge Well-Known Member

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    I have had 6 ss custom barrels melonited or salt nitrided.
     

  3. Hapcustoms

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    That's a goo way to go on SS but remember it does add a little to the metal so it could bring your head space a little closer in.. I have lots of problems on AR barrels with it and only because I'm trying to make min headspace with multiple functions..
     
  4. msalm

    msalm Well-Known Member

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    Nitriding to my understanding is a carburizing process and only case hardens the steel. It should not add anything to the thickness like parkerizing would. And yes, you can do stainless.
     
  5. Hapcustoms

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    Your right in theory but I've nitrided a couple of dozen and have had a measurable diff especially with AR barrels.
     
  6. msalm

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    I certainly don't doubt what you've encountered. I've had a few done myself and didn't experience any issues, but I wouldn't claim it couldn't happen. Out of curiosity, did you have them treated with the extension installed or did you remove them before sending them out?
     
  7. Hapcustoms

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    I had them done with the extension on. I have had issues with diff bolt heads also on the bright so I don't thing there's anything any better..