So I've finally saved up enough for my upper, but I'm stuck on what type of barrel to go with. I know I want a 16" midlength, but I can't decide between stainless or hammer forged chrome lined. I will be using the gun for plinking mainly, just shooting for fun, but it will bw my shtf rifle as well. I like an accurate rifle, and it seems like SS is my best bet for accuracy, but I've also seen people talk about shorter life with SS, and that rapid fire should be avoided. I won't be doing constant mag dumps, but it probably will happen occasionally. Is the accuracy that much better with an SS barrel, and how much shorter would an SS barrel last?
Thanks in advance guys
bigbore @ ADCO posted a test of a SS barrel with over 18K rounds through it, still shot well enough. He also shot 18K though a 4140, button rifled, barrel and could still hit a paper plate at 300yds.
Go with what ever is in stock.
There are three different grades of stainless too that are used in SS barrels, read up on those also. More than likely, a well made CL barrel with a few modifications (trigger and free float) will outshoot you. Same goes for stainless to though.
Most SS barrels I see are 1:8 twist, with a mix of wylde, 223 and 556 chambers.
The CL barrels are all 556 more or less with in 1:9 or 1:7.
I think if it was my first rifle, I would go CL 1:7 middy.