Stainless vs. blued barrel

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    Stainless vs. blued barrel

    Hello all. I have narrowed my rifle choice down to a Savage Model 16FHSS and a 11FHNS. I was wondering what the pros and cons are to one over the other. Would the stainless barrel give me away to a whitetail easier than a blued barrel? Thank you all.
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    I prefer the stainless myself, it is just a better looking finish to me. As far as giving away your position, I wrapped mine with a camo gun wrap and never have any problems. When I get ready to remove it, I use acetone to remove any residual glue from the tape and then clean and oil the gun.

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    stainless is better then the blued barrel cuz it resists rust and corrosion and is great for very cold temps.

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    And.... the bluing does not ware off.. :)

    Most definately for me, SS

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    Go for the Stainless.

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    Thanks everyone. I think I have made my decision. Savage Weather Warrior Model 16FHSS in 7mm-08 and a Nikon Monarch 4-15x50. Whole thing without tax is about $1100. The winchester model 70 extreme weather SS is $900 with no scope, ouch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deadeye72 View Post
    When I get ready to remove it, I use acetone to remove any residual glue from the tape and then clean and oil the gun.
    FYI, WD-40 works well for removing residual tape mastic, and it won't bugger up a nice wood finish or attach synthetics. (That's about the only thing I use it for - it sure isn't worth much as a lubricant.)
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    When I have a choice...definitely SS.
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    I agree go stainless no rust less maintenance.I have one rifle and one pistol.

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    You've probably made your choice, so I'll just add my SS in there for S&Gs then.
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    Just be advised that stainless steel used for guns isn't really stainless.

    Most guns are 416 stainless which has a fair amount of carbon in it to make it heat treatable. While some stainless is not magnetic, this stuff is.

    Be sure to wipe if off after you use it because if put up wet, it WILL rust, although it wont be as bad as carbon steel.
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    Stainless for go blued for show. As for as giving away your location a shiney blued barrel would be more reflective than a bead blasted stainless barrel. I think the popular view today is that deer depend on sent more than vision.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HotGuns View Post
    Just be advised that stainless steel used for guns isn't really stainless.

    Most guns are 416 stainless which has a fair amount of carbon in it to make it heat treatable. While some stainless is not magnetic, this stuff is.

    Be sure to wipe if off after you use it because if put up wet, it WILL rust, although it wont be as bad as carbon steel.
    For that matter, "stainless" as applied to alloy steels is a misnomer. In the engineering biz, we refer to these generically as "CRES" - for "corrosion resistant steel." Note - not corrosion proof.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    For that matter, "stainless" as applied to alloy steels is a misnomer. In the engineering biz, we refer to these generically as "CRES" - for "corrosion resistant steel." Note - not corrosion proof.

    But do they not stain less?
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    I'm a stainless man myself. I hunt with a Browning A-bolt with a stainless barrel.

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