Are chrome barrels completely necessary?

Discussion in 'AK & SKS Discussion' started by Pjj342, Feb 15, 2011.

  1. Pjj342

    Pjj342 New Member

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    I am one who is a fanatic about keeping my guns clean. There are some very nice lower prices aks out there that dont have chrome barrels. Even with corrosive ammo, if you cleaned the barrel after shooting, and lubed it well, would it last?
     
  2. Overkill0084

    Overkill0084 Active Member

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    I would think you should be ok. There are a lot of old guns that shot a lot of corrosive ammo that, when properly cared for, lasted a long time. IMHO, chrome barrels are made to counteract potential neglect. If you will be cleaning thoroughly and regularly, the gun will be fine.
     
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  3. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    chrome lining is to prolong barrel life under continous use. unless your cranking off thousands of rounds a month rapid fire or full-auto the barrel doesnt need a chrome lining.
     
  4. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    The guys are correct. In reality how hard is a rifle to clean anyway! Give me a break!
    Yes, to Chrome Lined Barrels if they are going to be used in a select fire weapon with high volume of fire or a semi's with a large volume of fire causing intense heat in the throat area of the weapon. Heat and improper care is the number one enemy to a barrels life and accuracy. Or if the rifle is to be used in a salt water environment for example or in a very humid environment like the tropics a chrome lined barrel is a good idea. But even in a water environment if the operator does at least a reasonable amount of cleaning, lubricating and maintenance there should be no problem. I addition, one other factor to consider. As a general rule the Stainless and Chrome Moly barrels unlined are more accurate. Not by a bunch or enough to effect a tactical wepon but they are regarding 1 MOA or less groups in particularly the AR Rifles. The corrosive issue could cause more attention to cleaning but if you followed immediately with cleaning after your range outing should be no problem. First of all corrosive ammunition will never be used in any of my weapons because I prize them too much. But to each his own!

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  5. aktommysks

    aktommysks New Member

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    Are chrome barrels necessary

    I also agree, i have a 51 russian sks not chrome, great landings shoots a bit more accurate then most chrome, and i use yugo mildly corrosive never had a problem, but i am a true believer in good maintenence. Basic 101 shoot, clean, and your ready to shoot again. Just look for a good sound gun, that you like and you'll be fine. Good Luck"
     
  6. DrumJunkie

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    To me the chrome lined bbl is easier to clean but they seems to lose a little in accuracy. I have an M70 that does not have the chrome lined bbl that outshouts other comparable rifles that have it. Being none o my 7.62x39's are full auto I really can't see a reason for the chrome to be a deal breaker. Being the results I've had with the thousands of rounds in the M70 I don't see me looking at another that has the CLB as being much more than a little easier to clean.
     
  7. Pjj342

    Pjj342 New Member

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    corrosive ammo

    What kinds of ammo should I look out for. I know most russian ammo is real dirty, but is it bad for the gun? What about other countries ammo?
     
  8. aktommysks

    aktommysks New Member

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    are chrome barrels

    I have shot lots of wolf with no problems, but i personally like the yugo m67 it's mildy corrosive.but never been a problem in my ak or sks. I like that it's brass and they improved on the bullet over the russian m43. It's a bit more accurate and a lot nastier. It yaws at 2-3" compared to 6-7" with the russian. Thats just my personal opinion. They are also less $.
     
  9. DrumJunkie

    DrumJunkie New Member

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    I've shot tons of Wolf and Sellier & Bellot. The great things about AK type rifles is they will eat and eat.
     
  10. Overkill0084

    Overkill0084 Active Member

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    I run the cheap Wolf ammo through my SKS with no issues. In the 90's I ran whatever they had at the closest pawn shop, it all works. "Dirty" ammo is not really a problem since you will be cleaning it after each use.