Any advantages to Chrome bolt carrier group?

Any advantages to Chrome bolt carrier group?

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    Any advantages to Chrome bolt carrier group?

    Are there any advantages to replacing the factory bolt carrier group with a chrome bcg other than just looks?
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    My understanding is they are easier to clean.
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    I can't say this is true for the bolt carrier, but there is a tendency for AR guys to extoll features of an AR that make them the 'best', etc.

    Most of these 'best' setups are significantly more expensive, and to most of us, we couldn't shoot our ARs enough to see a difference. If we were going to war, dropping and dragging our ARs through sand and mud, etc. maybe, maybe, we would see a difference.

    I have two Diamondback ARs and they have a Shot-Peened, Magnetic Particle Inspected Mil Spec 8620 carrier. I'm perfectly happy with that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kapnketel View Post
    My understanding is they are easier to clean.
    I have run them both ways and agree. Chrome is much easier to clean.
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    Chrome parts will have a little more resistance to corrosion, but regular cleaning and oiling will work as well. As far as accuracy or performance, there is likely no difference.
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    Rifles used by the military don't have chromed carriers do they???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tangle View Post
    I can't say this is true for the bolt carrier, but there is a tendency for AR guys to extoll features of an AR that make them the 'best', etc.

    Most of these 'best' setups are significantly more expensive, and to most of us, we couldn't shoot our ARs enough to see a difference. If we were going to war, dropping and dragging our ARs through sand and mud, etc. maybe, maybe, we would see a difference.

    I have two Diamondback ARs and they have a Shot-Peened, Magnetic Particle Inspected Mil Spec 8620 carrier. I'm perfectly happy with that.
    How are you liking the DB15 that Diamondback sells? I just saw one at Walmart and it was a nice looking rifle, but I was hesitant to jump for it simple because they are a relatively new company. Went with a piecemeal build instead.
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    I do know quite a bit about general Hard Chrome plating. It does add surface hardness and so does cut down on friction.
    Chrome is also a microcracked finish so it is possible to have rusting develop under a Chrome surface coat.

    Not really an issue in this case because it's an area that always has traces of lubrication.

    Hydrogen embrittlement is not really an issue these days with modern industrial Hard Chrome.

    Actually for this application Electroless Nickel would probably be superior to Chrome or a Chrome flash coat over Electroless Nickel would also be great.

    Would Chrome be necessary? No. But, it would tend to reduce friction a bit and it does clean up easily.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tangle View Post
    Rifles used by the military don't have chromed carriers do they???
    When I was in (1974-1981), some did, some did not.
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    Makes them go faster like putting chrome valve covers on a V-6 1982 Camaro!

    Looks pretty, easier cleaning, some corrosion resistance. The value of each I think is subjective. I don't think it is worth the money myself.
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    If anybody wants to really spend the $$$ you could have everything coated in super-duper NICKEL BORON and then never lubricate anything ever again.
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    I've owned standard, chrome, and Nickle Boron BCG's. the only advantage I noticed was easier cleaning with the chrome and Nickle Boron.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IAm_Not_Lost View Post
    How are you liking the DB15 that Diamondback sells? I just saw one at Walmart and it was a nice looking rifle, but I was hesitant to jump for it simple because they are a relatively new company. Went with a piecemeal build instead.
    So far I'm thrilled with them. I traded for two at different times. The first one was so accurate, when I saw a DB with the heavier barrel, I did some trading for it. They both are tack drivers and have been very reliable but I haven't got a lot of rounds through them yet.

    Both have Geiselle triggers now (I added those). The one with the standard barrel has a SG2, the heavy barrel has a SSA-E. They appear to be a bit lighter than most ARs. I've actually weighed them at 6.5 lbs.
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    Glad to hear! I may have to consider them in the future.
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