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    Default To chrome line or not to chrome line

    Now that I've built 5 ak's and there is really not much difference in ak & ar prices, I'm looking into building my first ar-15. My main question is should I get a chrome lined barrel and chamber or not? It only costs $50 extra from akpartskits, but really I don't know how nessesary it is. All of my ak's have chrome lined barrels and for good reason, but ar's and ak's generally eat different grades of ammo. What's the general consensous on this subject?

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    The original reason for chrome-lined AK barrels was the Soviet Bloc's use of corrosive-primered ammo exclusively. The original reason for chrome-lined AR barrels was corrosion resistance in the jungles & swamps of Southeast Asia.

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    Less than half of the ar15 barrels I have or have had are chromed lined. About the only thing I've noticed is its a little easier to clean the chromed barrels, and the non-chromed barrels have a slight edge in accuracy. I haven't noticed one is more reliable than the other, but rarely do they get more than 3-400 rounds between cleanings. I pretty much only shoot reloads so I'm not shooting dirty surplus ammo either. If its only about $50 difference I'd probably go with the chromed barrel and error on the side of reliability if its a combat/tactical gun and non-chrome lined if its a target/hunting gun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moleman View Post
    Less than half of the ar15 barrels I have or have had are chromed lined. About the only thing I've noticed is its a little easier to clean the chromed barrels, and the non-chromed barrels have a slight edge in accuracy. I haven't noticed one is more reliable than the other, but rarely do they get more than 3-400 rounds between cleanings. I pretty much only shoot reloads so I'm not shooting dirty surplus ammo either. If its only about $50 difference I'd probably go with the chromed barrel and error on the side of reliability if its a combat/tactical gun and non-chrome lined if its a target/hunting gun.

    Thats what I was thinking.... I wouldn't feel so bad about using wolf .223 w/ a chrome lined barrel either

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    Either would be the right choice if that is what you want. Chrome lining is used in some countries and not in others on the same type weapons. Not all AK's, SKS, etc are chrome lined and all function well. I have a habit of cleaning after every use.
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    Chrome!

    2 years from now that $50 will be a blip and you'll be set.
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    A chromed lined barrel/chamber isn't a deal breaker for me. It's really not necessary. Either type, chromed, non-chromed is good.

    I think that most people feel that they will be in combat (mall ninja's/internet commando's) next week. For a SHTF deal, there are far more important things to worry about.

    As a note for both type barrels, I have never heard of anyone burning out either kind. I have a non-chromed lined barrel that has a gazillion rounds through it and it is still accurtate and functions perfectly.

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    I look at it as cheap insurance, I reload a lot & some powders burn dirty others clean - as time go's buy I think it will be harder and more expensive to find good clean burning power. As stated before its easier to clean a chrome lined barrel. It might get to the point where
    you'l have to shoot cast bullets.

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    Of the 10 or so AR's I have owned the hard chromed bolt, carrier, bore rifles were hands down more reliable and substantially easier to clean.

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    What ammo would you likely use a majority of the time...... Wolf, Yugo, Remington, US Mil-surp? That would be my 1st question. Second would be how disciplined are you to keep firearms clean?
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