Nitriding gun parts other than barrels, frames, & slides?

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Nitriding gun parts other than barrels, frames, & slides?

#1 Post by Naphtali » Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:51 pm

I have several Winchester and Winchester reproduction traditional lever action rifles, some of which are stainless steel. Functionally, I find them smoother and easier to operate than my [JM] Marlin 1895s that have been improved in fit and function by a Marlin specialist gunsmith. The Winchesters are also a pain to clean - with or without my MCTD autoimmune illness - again, compared with my Marlin 1895s.

I notice that handgun manufacturers and some manufacturers of semiautomatic legal clones of military automatic rifles furnish guns with nitrided parts. Usually these parts are major ones, such as barrels, frames, and slides. I have also read a very small number of posters on gun-oriented forums mention having their rifle barrels nitrided. These posters appear to be satisfied with quality of the after-market work done, and also its functionality.

1. Can smaller action parts of my lever action rifles be safely and reliably nitrided? When nitrided, will action parts warp or distort or become too brittle or some other serious long-term problem?

2. Can I specify surface color of nitrided parts among black/charcoal gray, sliver, gold, other? If I can, do properties of nitride in/on a part change significantly?

3. As best you can, please recommend after-market nitriding businesses with whom you or good acquaintances have done business.
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Re: Nitriding gun parts other than barrels, frames, & slides?

#2 Post by GunnyMack » Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:10 pm

Your concerns are valid. However I cant answer your questions. I would suggest you speak with the company that do nitriding and get the expert professional answers you are looking for.

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#3 Post by piller » Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:27 pm

Sounds like a good answer to me.
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Re: Nitriding gun parts other than barrels, frames, & slides?

#4 Post by hayabusa » Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:35 pm

My thoughts also.

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#5 Post by Ray » Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:49 pm

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Re: Nitriding gun parts other than barrels, frames, & slides?

#6 Post by Pete44ru » Sun Oct 14, 2018 12:06 pm

Naphtali wrote:
Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:51 pm

The Winchesters are also a pain to clean - with or without my MCTD autoimmune illness - again, compared with my Marlin 1895s.

I'm sorry that I can't answer your nitrading question, but cab tell you, having experience with both, that the Winchester 94's are only marginally harder to clean than a Marlin.

With a Winchester, just remove the large-headed finger lever stop screw from the LH side of the receiver, open the bolt about 1/2" and push out the bolt/lever pin from the opposite side - then drop the lever & locking bolt out of the way and remove the bolt to the rear. (reassemble in reverse order ;) )


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