View Full Version : Stainless Steel vs Chromelined?

05-29-2008, 10:49 AM
Just how much of a difference is there between a stainless steel barrel and a chromelined? I generally see people saying for accuracy, SS > chrome; durability/life, chrome > SS.

What kind of accuracy difference would it make in a 20in HBAR if one were stainless and the other was chromelined? What kind of service life can I expect from each of them in a precision build?

05-29-2008, 11:43 AM
Math FAIL! ;)

05-29-2008, 11:46 AM
Fixed. Now do you have something to contribute?

05-29-2008, 12:04 PM
Depends on what you're going to use it for.

If you want a Bench rest tack driver, go for the HBAR stainless. It's more accurate and you'll get higher velocity.

If you plan on carrying it more than five feet, get a chrome-lined government profile barrel.

05-29-2008, 1:12 PM
All things being equal, a chrome-lined barrel will not be as accurate as a stainless or standard chrom-moly barrel. Even a quality chrome plating process leaves inconsistent thicknesses which will have an effect when you are looking at maximum accuracy potential.