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Old March 20th, 2017, 05:31 PM   #1
 
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Unusual Ceracote question

Haven't had a stainless weapon. They look great, and I've always kept my weapons protected. But I just ordered a LH Compact All Weather .308. Strongly thinking about going with a coating, maybe Ceracote, Duracote or other finish. My question, or wanting any thoughts or documentation on whether a coating that works deep into the pores might affect barrel harmonics?



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Why do you want to coat a stainless finish? Just curious. I've Cerakoted a few stainless handguns so I'm not opposed to the idea but curious why you want to, particularly if you think it might affect accuracy (can't comment on that specific part of the your question.)
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I just know these new finishes fuse deep into the metal to creat a barrier to the elements. But due to my former Army life I am much more concerned with concealibility on the gorund since I hunt from the ground 90% of the time. I like the convenience of the wraps, but their effect on barrel harmonics is unpredictable at best.
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Soooo, got my own question sort of answered a little while ago. A local dealer my LH RAAWC .308 is being shipped to specializes in Cerakote, is an authorized applicator and has been for several years. He's about to go all Class 7 (manufacturer) on me. When I broached the subject of coatings and barrel harmonics, he stated that he could show me several precision rifles in the $5-10K range with Cerakote finishes. He does several a month for LE applications and tactical teams. To date, he hasn't received one adverse comment from any department, group or individual on loss of accuracy after coating. Now, what cmao scheme do I need? Things that make you go "Hmmmm..."
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I would find it hard to believe the stuff fuses so deep into the metal as to affect barrel harmonics.....after all the hype about it the reality is , it's just glorified paint! It's not going to soak into the barrel like water on a dry sponge.
Have it done and don't worry about the harmonics aspect of it , I'm sure it will be just fine.
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Cerakote is applied to chemically cleaned base layer that is blasted with 100-120 grit Aluminum oxide. That is the extant of the "penetration". Does not effect any "grain" associated with the crystal lattice.
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I have a ceracoted ruger service six tha tis stainless and after a few thousand rounds the finish is fine. I cannot notice any discernable accuracy difference. But then again I am talking about shooting at 50-75 feet. With a fixed sighted revolver and 60 plus year old eyes that is as far as I can see the sights any more.
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Good idea asking here. If your luck is anything like mine, you'll be the one guy who isn't happy in the end. A lot of "coaters" will sell you a dream right off the pamphlet from the manufacturer of the coating. I doubt you'll have any problems, and I've only heard good things about cerakote, but you just never know. My good friend just did his .308 with duracote himself and it looks and still shoots perfect. My luck with modifications usually ends up in the hands of a guy named Murphy.


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