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Mild steel, Stainless or Gun metal.

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by JD, Apr 19, 2014.

  1. JD

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    Mild steel rusts, Stainless steel won't take a chemical blue,

    Why not make Air rifles out of Gun metal ?

    I know this would bump the price of the rifle somewhat,

    the up side, it's a very strong metal and would out last just about anything else.
     
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    Cost. That's the major reason, I'm sure.
     
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    Guns were made of it a long time ago and then it was phased out by steel,I guess there had to be a reason why? Could be cost or availability

    Titanium would be a fun thing to mess about with :D
     
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    you missed the obvious solution make the barrel out of carbon fibre
     
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    Doesn't CF burn?!
     
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    It would have to be a thin steel barrel with carbon fibre outer.
     
  7. JD

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    I wouldn't be mentioning that to the Farmer who's land I shoot on, he bought a carbon fibre barrelled fire arm, after about 125 rounds, it all went west. : O
     
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    Like the Volquartsen ones for 10/22's
     
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    no don't think so
     
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    Ganton Gunner Super Duper Moderator Staff Member Mod/Admin

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    maybe he went too big a gun for a carbon fibre barrel I think they are only good for the smaller calibres nothing too powerful
     
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    What pee's me off, is a slight knock on mild steel and you dink the metal,

    I would like to see something alot stronger being offered to air gunners.

    Regardless of price.
     
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    Would 420 stainless work?
    Takes an age to rust and is hard wearing. Don't know if it likes bluing though.
     
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    Any stainless is good, 420 or 440 etc but if you can't blue it,it wouldn't be suitable for hunting etc,could always paint it though,brushed finish would look good too.
     
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    Anodizing is the only real option.
     
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    Can you anodise steel?
     
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    Looks horrible when even slightly scratched,what about parkerising stainless,can it be done?
     
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    Gun metal is going to have a patina to it, being a mix of copper and tin.

    So that would be a better choice than stainless steel.
     
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    Steel correctly hardened is much stronger and more wear resistant. Gun metal is 90% copper and 10% tin. Therein is your reason.... cost and not fit for purpose with modern nitro powders. Airguns ok but still pricey. I think it's just a case of good maintenance with steel and it'll last you out!
     
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    How about sherardizing?I used to weld lifting gear for the M.O.D and we had that sherardized,I remember it being a dull grey/green colour.The only problem with that is it was a type of galvanising so its poisonous.
     
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    No, only Ali. Answer would be powdercoating.
     

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