What is nitride treated barrel?

Nitriding a barrel is a different process; it’s actually a form of hardening. For firearms parts, nitriding is applied by submerging the part in a cyanide salt bath that’s heated to insane temperatures. You can apply nitride to most steel parts, including stainless steel and chro-moly barrels.

Is stainless or nitride barrel better?

Normally, stainless has a shorter useful life than carbon steel but most shooters won’t ever see it. Carbon steel is harder than stainless, and can be treated (or not) with nitride or chrome. For most civilian shooters, nitride is a better choice for general purpose use.

What is the best material for rifle barrels?

Stainless Steels
Stainless Steels Stainless-steel barrels have become a popular choice for competition rifles, varmint rifles, all-weather rifles, combat handguns and marine shotguns. An especially popular stainless steel alloy used by many barrel makers is called 416R.

Will black nitride rust?

A black nitride surface is very corrosion resistant, it doesn’t corrode underneath as chroming or rust through as parkerizing does and is very durable.

What is a nitrided gun barrel?

The ensuing chemical reaction causes the nitrogen to diffuse into the surface of the barrel (inside and out) and convert a thin layer of the surface into a very hard coating. The surface of a nitrided barrel is in the realm of 60 to 65 Rockwell, while the typically gun barrel steel is 28-32 Rockwell.

What is the accuracy of nitrided barrels?

Accuracy was the same with all barrels, averaging between .6 and .8 MOA using the same ammunition. Afterward, the nitrided barrels did not have any traces of copper while the plain stainless steel barrels needed extra cleaning to remove all jacket material.

Will nitriding barrels rust?

Nitride, but given enough time and exposure, Nitride will corrode as well. Nitriding barrels provides a massive gain in corrosion resistance, but no process is 100% rust-proof. Faxon always recommends the barrel is cleaned and dried as needed. A little oil doesn’t hurt, either. What About Stainless Steel?

Should I buy a nitrided or chrome lined barrel?

The surface is also very hard and protective, provided you don’t abuse the barrel with excessive heat. If you plan on doing excessive belt-fed levels of fully automatic fire, then a chrome-lined barrel is still the way to go. For most of us, a nitrided barrel will work just fine.