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#7024460 - 01/04/18 09:58 AM SS or Carbon Steel Barrel?
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I'm about to re-barrel one of my Savage (Stevens 200) rifles to 6.5X55 SE, 1:8 twist, 22 heavy sporter contour and Im trying to decide if I should go with Stainless or Carbon Steel (Chrome Moly). Use will be long range target shooting and medium range hunting. I'm in to performance not aesthetics so finish and appearance is not a major concern. Cost seems to be similar between SS and CS from most of the barrel manufacturers depending on finish.

The questions I have are:
Durability will one out last the other?
Accuracy is one potentially more accurate that the other?
Cleaning is one easier to clean that the other?

Id also like to hear any other feedback you may have.
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#7024614 - 01/04/18 11:13 AM Re: SS or Carbon Steel Barrel? [Re: BigDad]
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My understanding is stainless is "tougher" so I always buy stainless. Maybe someone with more metallurgical knowledge can confirm or deny that.

I've not seen one be more precise shooting than the other.

Stainless is not "rust-proof", but it is rust resistant. I've left fouled barrels in the safe for 10 months. Pull them out, and they are zeroed on a dime in two shots. Can a carbon barrel do that? I can't say.

The only difference I have noticed in getting one type barrel clean over another, is cut rifled versus button rifled. Seems the cut-rifled requires less passes to get clean patches.
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#7024634 - 01/04/18 11:33 AM Re: SS or Carbon Steel Barrel? [Re: BigDad]
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Stainless is much easier to clean/de-foul than carbon steel.

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#7024652 - 01/04/18 11:42 AM Re: SS or Carbon Steel Barrel? [Re: BigDad]
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Stainless is softer than carbon steel

SS preferred for its corrosion resistant

You will wear out the internal grooves before rust /
corrosion becomes a problem (if basic care in place )

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#7024693 - 01/04/18 12:10 PM Re: SS or Carbon Steel Barrel? [Re: BigDad]
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Speaking of rifling, is 5R preferred over 6 groove or visa versa? I've read that 5R lowers pressure due to lands/grooves offsetting each other.
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#7025000 - 01/04/18 03:50 PM Re: SS or Carbon Steel Barrel? [Re: BigDad]
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6.5x55 is just a Creedmoor wannabe. Get the original. Buy a 6.5 Creedmoor. bolt
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#7025089 - 01/04/18 04:43 PM Re: SS or Carbon Steel Barrel? [Re: BigDad]
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I"m a SS kind of guy.

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#7026027 - 01/05/18 09:50 AM Re: SS or Carbon Steel Barrel? [Re: scottfromdallas]
BigDad Offline
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Originally Posted By: scottfromdallas
6.5x55 is just a Creedmoor wannabe. Get the original. Buy a 6.5 Creedmoor. bolt


I know, the Creedmoor is the be all end all, yawn. smirk I have a long action and I'm an avid reloader so I'm choosing the 6.5X55, a little extra case capacity and will feed better in my rifle.
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#7026056 - 01/05/18 10:06 AM Re: SS or Carbon Steel Barrel? [Re: BigDad]
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Also, I'm old and nostalgic. smile
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#7026084 - 01/05/18 10:21 AM Re: SS or Carbon Steel Barrel? [Re: BigDad]
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All of the high-end barrel mfgs use stainless pretty exclusively, if that says anything. As far as end-user feedback goes, I don't believe anyone that says they can tell a discernible difference between Stainless and Carbon steel.

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#7026100 - 01/05/18 10:35 AM Re: SS or Carbon Steel Barrel? [Re: BigDad]
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Seems as though if there is a difference it is negligible at most. I would go with stainless every time just for corrosion resistance.
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#7026111 - 01/05/18 10:44 AM Re: SS or Carbon Steel Barrel? [Re: BigDad]
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Originally Posted By: BigDad
Originally Posted By: scottfromdallas
6.5x55 is just a Creedmoor wannabe. Get the original. Buy a 6.5 Creedmoor. bolt


I know, the Creedmoor is the be all end all, yawn. smirk I have a long action and I'm an avid reloader so I'm choosing the 6.5X55, a little extra case capacity and will feed better in my rifle.

Good choice. I can't think of anything the Creedmoor will do that the Swede can't. I didn't look at the numbers but with that longer case, I'll bet the Swede can do some things the Creedmoor can't, but what do I know. I didn't look at brass availability either. That's the only concern I can think of and I doubt it's an issue.

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#7026233 - 01/05/18 12:23 PM Re: SS or Carbon Steel Barrel? [Re: BigDad]
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I've decided to go stainless. I think I'm gong to give X-caliber barrels a try. They're giving away a free muzzle brake with the purchase of a pre-fit barrel.

Regarding 6.5x55 brass, Lapua makes it and I don't see them stopping anytime soon. I really like their brass and get a lot more firings out of it than most other brass.
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#7026607 - 01/05/18 05:45 PM Re: SS or Carbon Steel Barrel? [Re: BigDad]
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BigDad,

I only have two 6.5s and they are both 6.5x55s. I have a Ruger and CZ full stock.
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#7026616 - 01/05/18 05:49 PM Re: SS or Carbon Steel Barrel? [Re: BigDad]
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Stainless is softer than carbon steel


There are a ton of variables, but as a whole that is incorrect.

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