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Question by TJ. Uploaded on January 12, 2010
THE STAINLESS SHOULD BE EASIER TO CLEAN BECAUSE IT WILL NOT RUST BUT THE REST IS STILL THE SAME CLEAN IT REGULARLY AND I WOULD STILL KEEP IT WIPED DOWN EVERY TIME I HANDLED IT TO KEEP FINGERPRINTS OFF OF IT.
Actually the stainless used in most gunbarrels will rust if you handle it with sweaty hands and don't wipe it off. It's not totally rustproof but close. Stainless also holds up to bore erosion better than blued steel.
I agree with Del. "Stainless" is a misnomer; it should be described as "stain resistant" because it will discolor or oxidize a bit, but I don't clean my stainless rifles and sidearms any differently (or any less thoroughly) than those of blued or Parkerized steel.
Nope. And like stated above don't assume that stainless steel will not corrode, especially around salt water. Very susceptible to what is called crevice corrosion. Can demonstrate this by wrapping a rubber band around a thin piece of stainless steel and setting it partially submerged in a salt water solution. With some lower quality stainless steels the rubber band looks like it is cutting into the steel. Better quality might show a bit of red rust.
Clean as you would any other type firearm.
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