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Posted: 2/23/2021 8:42:48 AM EST
I'm ordering another A4 upper and I want to make sure the guys at the range don't make fun of me.
Link Posted: 2/23/2021 8:45:21 AM EST
Chrome or go home...

Link Posted: 2/23/2021 8:46:44 AM EST
I have both and can’t tell a difference between group sizes. I would say that chrome lined barrels would last longer, but I have never met anyone shot out a nitride barrel or a chrome lined barrel.
Link Posted: 2/23/2021 8:47:35 AM EST
For semi auto only a quality nitrided barrel is probably equal with the added bonus of probably being more consistently finished.
Link Posted: 2/23/2021 8:51:50 AM EST
Stainless I say
Link Posted: 2/23/2021 8:52:32 AM EST
Chrome.
Link Posted: 2/23/2021 8:53:02 AM EST
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Originally Posted By DoverGunner:
Stainless I say
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+1 for stainless.
Link Posted: 2/23/2021 8:53:13 AM EST
[Last Edit: 2/23/2021 8:54:09 AM EST by Vik]
CHF Chrome lined is how I roll, for the rifles I shoot hard.

Stainless on my more precision type rifles.
Link Posted: 2/23/2021 8:54:27 AM EST
A quality chrome barrel.
Link Posted: 2/23/2021 8:56:30 AM EST
For a hard use, general purpose carbine/rifle/sbr/pistol I still prefer chrome lined.  For a precision gun go stainless.
Link Posted: 2/23/2021 9:04:46 AM EST
Stainless.
Link Posted: 2/23/2021 9:05:54 AM EST
I only have chrome lined ar15 barrels.

They seem to be working just fine.
Link Posted: 2/23/2021 9:10:12 AM EST
I prefer chrome
Link Posted: 2/23/2021 9:12:18 AM EST
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Originally Posted By DarkStar:

Chrome or go home...

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Yep.
I do have 1 nitrided barrel. It's a 10.5" that was given to me for doing some work on a guys Garand.
The  nitride barrel does shoot good. But I prefer Daniel Defense chrome lined barrels.
Link Posted: 2/23/2021 9:13:38 AM EST
Yes, chrome.
Link Posted: 2/23/2021 9:13:50 AM EST
Chrome, but good Chrome not spotty Chrome
Link Posted: 2/23/2021 9:15:34 AM EST
I have non chrome barrel rifles, but for serious use, chrome lined only.
Link Posted: 2/23/2021 9:16:36 AM EST
It depends on the week. Last week there was a similar thread where the general consensus was chrome is for boomers
Link Posted: 2/23/2021 9:17:03 AM EST
nitride is probably better. and it can be used on carbon steel or stainless
Link Posted: 2/23/2021 9:19:08 AM EST
Chf is more important to me. Chrome’d Chf is easier to find than nitride, but I wouldn’t say no to a nitrided version.
Link Posted: 2/23/2021 9:19:32 AM EST
I prefer them, but even in the salad days it wasn't a requirement for me.  Especially not in the current market conditions.  And especially considering how ridiculously easy it is to replace barrels.


If I only had one rifle though, IMO I'd make sure to get a chrome lined barrel on it at some point.
Link Posted: 2/23/2021 9:20:15 AM EST
Any notion of not having them can be dispelled simply by looking at the bore of a 60s era Chi-Com SKS.....Sure, it might look like warmed-over shit on the outside but the bore is spectacular.

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Link Posted: 2/23/2021 9:20:50 AM EST
How about telling “the guys at the range who make fun of you” to get bent?
Link Posted: 2/23/2021 9:21:17 AM EST
CHF chrome lined is more expensive for a reason.
Link Posted: 2/23/2021 9:22:53 AM EST
Like anyone could afford to shoot out a barrel anymore!
Link Posted: 2/23/2021 9:23:59 AM EST
i have a wwii jap 99.

bore is like brand new.

chrome is great.
Link Posted: 2/23/2021 9:24:09 AM EST
This isn't 2010, we don't have a chart to tell us what to think!!!

Chromed or nitrided is preferable when it's an option within your budget, but I'd take a higher-quality non-CL barrel over a lower-quality CL barrel any day of the week.
Link Posted: 2/23/2021 9:29:53 AM EST
I will take chrome, nitride, or stainless as long as it is the length and profile I want and it groups well.  I don't even care about CHF.  I care about how it shoots.   I suppose if I were young and one had to last my whole life, I might put more thought into it.  But I'm 40+, have more than one and can buy more.
Link Posted: 2/23/2021 9:30:44 AM EST
chrome has been killing it for 50 years
Link Posted: 2/23/2021 9:35:43 AM EST
[Last Edit: 2/23/2021 9:36:35 AM EST by BRN-180]
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Originally Posted By reelserious:
chrome has been killing it for 50 years
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try closer to 100 years.
Link Posted: 2/23/2021 9:40:54 AM EST
[Last Edit: 2/23/2021 9:41:32 AM EST by jasonm4]
Meh, I've got some CL bbls but I've been buying nitride bbls last few years.

I don't have FA, so really no need for chrome. Plus I prefer the nitride for rust protection over shitty phosphate.
Link Posted: 2/23/2021 9:49:44 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Yojimbo:
For a hard use, general purpose carbine/rifle/sbr/pistol I still prefer chrome lined.  For a precision gun go stainless.
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I think this is the correct answer.

FWIW, though, nitride seems to hold up pretty well and is cheaper than chrome-lined, so it seems ok too.
Link Posted: 2/23/2021 9:58:27 AM EST
Stainless... Then after about a hundred rounds I send it to H&R Metal Processing and have it Nitrided.
Link Posted: 2/23/2021 9:58:40 AM EST
[Last Edit: 2/23/2021 9:59:31 AM EST by tobycreek]
I love my 2010ish Noveske barrel.  It is as accurate as my 20" stainless NM barrel but will last a hell of a lot longer.

From when John was alive and Pac-Nor wasn't burned down.  
Link Posted: 2/23/2021 9:59:17 AM EST
This again?
Link Posted: 2/23/2021 10:00:24 AM EST
All of my ARs have chrome lined barrels.
Link Posted: 2/23/2021 10:00:39 AM EST
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Originally Posted By DarkStar:

Chrome or go home...

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This
Link Posted: 2/23/2021 10:02:43 AM EST
Maybe this afternoon. Right now I’m feeling like Melanite is cool. I wonder if anyone has done a PVD coating inside a barrel. That would be pimp, and should make you feel bad for not having.
Link Posted: 2/23/2021 10:04:09 AM EST
Chrome is the way, especially considering we may be going into a world where gun parts might be controlled or cut off. CHF chrome is even better.
Link Posted: 2/23/2021 10:04:35 AM EST
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Originally Posted By jasonm4:
Meh, I've got some CL bbls but I've been buying nitride bbls last few years.

I don't have FA, so really no need for chrome. Plus I prefer the nitride for rust protection over shitty phosphate.
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Realistically how susceptible are unlined steel barrels to rust?

I have a Colt 16” 1/9 carbine length HBAR barrel that Adco turned to medium profile (at the same time it was threaded for a FS).  It is unlined but does have a chrome chamber. And if it is ever out in inclement weather the bore will be cleaned.  It is old school 1/9 and carbine gas.

I have considered swapping it out for something chrome lined, 1/7, mid length.

But it is a really accurate barrel, even with Black Hills 68 grain (I have not tried it with SMK 77 grain but should, that would be interesting).  And the medium contour was really nicely done.

I don’t need to chase cool guy specs, but rust is the only thing I would be concerned about. So realistically what conditions and lack of maintenance would it take to hurt an unlined barrel?  Are we talking days in a swamp, or something as simple as getting wet and not cleaned that night?

I maintain my stuff, I am just looking for where the limits are.
Link Posted: 2/23/2021 10:04:55 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Vik:
CHF Chrome lined is how I roll, for the rifles I shoot hard.

Stainless on my more precision type rifles.
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This.
Link Posted: 2/23/2021 10:06:32 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Dino11:
Stainless... Then after about a hundred rounds I send it to H&R Metal Processing and have it Nitrided.
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I didn’t know that aftermarket nitride was available. How much for an AR barrel?
Link Posted: 2/23/2021 10:09:05 AM EST
[Last Edit: 2/23/2021 10:10:05 AM EST by timeless]
CHF Chrome unless you want your shit all clogged up and chooting sideways.
Link Posted: 2/23/2021 10:49:31 AM EST
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Originally Posted By motoguzzi:
Like anyone could afford to shoot out a barrel anymore!
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Link Posted: 2/23/2021 1:44:07 PM EST
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Originally Posted By ch3no2:
How about telling “the guys at the range who make fun of you” to get bent?
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I hope you understand nobody is actually making fun of me at the range, right?

Lol.
Link Posted: 2/23/2021 1:45:30 PM EST
I like Criterion barrels.
Link Posted: 2/23/2021 1:46:25 PM EST
It doesn't have to be either or. Barrels can be nitrided and then chrome lined. iirc, that how Steyr-Austria (but not Steyr-US) does some of their barrels
Link Posted: 2/23/2021 1:46:28 PM EST
Go chrome or go home.

Link Posted: 2/23/2021 1:46:50 PM EST
I dunno. Yes, maybe
Link Posted: 2/23/2021 1:47:28 PM EST
I love em.
Link Posted: 2/23/2021 1:50:02 PM EST
For me, a Colt chrome lined barrel is the reference standard for an AR barrel. There are better out there, but that is my bemchmark.
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