Stainless steel in cold temperatures.

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by Ankeny, Dec 19, 2005.

  1. Ankeny

    Ankeny Well-Known Member

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    I am in the process of having a rifle rebarreld. On Krieger's Web site they mention it is inadvisable to use stainless steel in cold temperatures. Just yesterday I was hunting coyotes with a stainless varmint rifle and the temperature was -16 F. That's pretty cold. What's up with stainless and cold weather?
     
  2. coupalr

    coupalr Well-Known Member

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    I have not seen any ill effects of the cold on the stainless. I was just out yesterday shooting my 6mm and I shot 10 shots as fast as I could cycle the bolt and get back on target at 500 yards. It was -20 celcius up here and I felt the barrel right after and it was barely warm. The cold just lets you shoot faster without overheating the barrel.
     

  3. Ankeny

    Ankeny Well-Known Member

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    I received an e-mail from another major barrel maker regarding Krieger's info about stainless barrels in cold temps. Let's just say the e-mail isn't very complimentary and leave it go at that.
     
  4. älg

    älg Well-Known Member

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    I´ve heard that in very cold temp. it makes sense to use a non stainless action or bolt at least; barrel can be stainless with no problems at all.
     
  5. Hired Gun

    Hired Gun Well-Known Member

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    Unless you are hunting in a nitrogen tank I can't imagine there is anywhere on earth you're going shooting at that is cold or hot enough to change the properties of the stainless enough to make it unsafe.