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Stainless Steel Barrels

I'd love to hear some opinions in regards to SS barrels, do they cause too much glare that one should be concerned. I have heard some folk say that they do cause a glare and that deer and such will spot you easier because of it.

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Stainless Steel Barrels

It really depends on the barrel. Some bead blasted barrels are less glossy than blued barrels. I do feel that they show up more during low light conditions. If you walk to your blind in the morning you can see the barrel easier than anything else. I camo. my sendero sf because of this. Did it make a difference? To me it did if nothing else. Think

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Stainless Steel Barrels

Most hunting rifles in SS do not have the high sheen that target barrels do.

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Stainless Steel Barrels

I think they are ok but it really depends on the barrel some are more glossy than others and i like to be completely camoed so i think that i would just rather have an regular barrel.

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Stainless Steel Barrels

Eventhough some hunting SS barrels are not as glossy, they still reflect more UV rays (what deer see) than regular matte or blued barrels. Although I do love the look of stainless.

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Stainless vs blued or matt finish

Hello BGHs,
I came across this question in search of some advice too. I live in Washington state, and wet conditions are the norm for the outdoors. I believe a blue or matt finish barrel may give a hunter a disadvantage at close ranges, but not at long ranges. The advise I am asking is if I Duracoat a stainless barrel, do I gain anything other than covering up the light finish of stainless? I am about to buy a Howa 1500 for elk, deer and other mid size game, but now I am trying to choose which barrel finish.
Thank you for your in put.

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You gain some rust protection

You gain some rust protection as well.  Stainless barrels resist rust a little more than a blued barrel but they still rust and since you are in a wet situation the duracoat would help.

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