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Posted: 3/9/2021 3:42:13 PM EDT
This is my first build. I've completed my lower and I am sourcing parts for my upper. Does it make sense to match the finish of the BCG and Barrel? I don't care about the cosmetics. What I'm thinking about is wear on one or the other because of any differences between the hardness of the two finishes. DLC vs. phosphate, that sort of thing. Does it matter?
Link Posted: 3/9/2021 4:42:28 PM EDT
no, not an issue
Link Posted: 3/9/2021 5:45:02 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By DCC83501:
no, not an issue
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This ^^^
Link Posted: 3/9/2021 8:25:32 PM EDT
Much appreciated, thanks.
Link Posted: 3/9/2021 9:50:40 PM EDT
Where can I get  a low mass BCG 556/M16 Nitride IN STOCK anywhere in the US?  
Brownells, RCA, or Durabolt ?
Link Posted: 3/10/2021 12:20:21 AM EDT
BCG never touches the barrel
Link Posted: 4/23/2021 9:46:01 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Tejas1836:
BCG never touches the barrel
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lol!
Link Posted: 5/3/2021 12:10:22 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/3/2021 12:12:06 PM EDT by MS556]
Originally Posted By leaveyourego:
This is my first build. I've completed my lower and I am sourcing parts for my upper. Does it make sense to match the finish of the BCG and Barrel? I don't care about the cosmetics. What I'm thinking about is wear on one or the other because of any differences between the hardness of the two finishes. DLC vs. phosphate, that sort of thing. Does it matter?
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No.  

Select barrel and bcg for the quality and properties you deem important.  Get the barrel that meets your needs.  Do the same for the bcg.  I run phosphate, nitride and nicker boron bcgs, each for a different purpose.  That choice is independent of barrel style construction.  

Your bcg runs in an aluminum upper with only the bolt lugs contacting the barrel extension.  Differences in steel on those contact points is irrelevant, provided the bolt is of proper mil spec substrate steel construction.
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