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    Question Is the chrome lining worth it for the occasional shooter?

    I'm gonna guess yes, but I figured I'd get your alls opinion/experiences. BTW I'm building my first AR, goin with a M1S 16" C.A.R. with stag lower. Gun will mostly just be a SHTF/throw behind the truck seat type of gun. Maybe 500-1000 rnds a yr.

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    I have about half of my AR15 barrels chrome lined. I haven't noticed a difference between them over the last 20+ years. I'd be more tempted to go with a stainless barrel over a chrome lined barrel for one that would see high moisture and infrequent cleaning. If going with a chromemoly barrel, for $50 it can't hurt to get a chrome lined one.

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    generally speaking go with the chrome but it is not a must have.

    about half of my ar-15 types are chrome lined GI-spec 4150CV steel types --the other half are non chrome lined 4140 steel.

    i do think the hard chrome lined barrels help with wear on 1in 7 inch twist barrels if you shoot a lot of the heavy stuff.

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    I don't think you need a chrome lined barrel if you can clean it after shooting. Chrome lined barrels are more of a necessity when you shoot full auto, use corrosive ammo and or stuck in the field and can't properly clean.

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    IMO: The chrome lining is not worth it. Chances are you will be shooting non corrosive ammo through it anyways. I've had over 6 uppers w/ non chrome bores(1 was a bushy/chrome) and no problems, and I live in MI. My gun I have now, I test fired over 5months ago, and didn't even realize I didn't clean it until a couple of days ago. It still looks brand new. Its not like were talking about an AK here were you have to clean it right away(Well....At least I do or it will start to rust in about 2hrs) It depends where you live too..

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    If you are a casual shooter on a budget, I wouldn't think it's necessary, so long as you pay a little attention to maintaining it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTFB View Post
    I'm gonna guess yes, but I figured I'd get your alls opinion/experiences. BTW I'm building my first AR, goin with a M1S 16" C.A.R. with stag lower. Gun will mostly just be a SHTF/throw behind the truck seat type of gun. Maybe 500-1000 rnds a yr.
    For the occasional shooter, no.

    For the occasional CLEANER, then it may be worth it!

    If you run a swab down the bore once every blue moon like my brother used to on his un-chromed AR in a dry climate then you would still be OK. If its going to be in a humid area like where I live now then I would swab it as often as possible.

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    The word is Seems. My ak seems to clean easier and faster with the chrome barrel. As far as shooting, I don't see any difference from my other rifles.

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    Agreed, it's all about cleaning. If dreading the oil and lube keeps you from blowing more rounds then consider making it easier.

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    I would prefer chromelined due to the longer life and easier cleaning but if its mostly a safe queen it probably doesn't matter. I would guess the chromelined barreled gun would be more desirable in the secondary market if you wanted to sell it in the future though..

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