Hard Chrome vs NicBor - a visual comparison.

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  • AaronP220

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    My Ruger SR-556 has a hard chrome BCG and my recent MEGA build has a NicBor BCG. I'm not looking to get into the debate of phosphate vs HC vs NicBor or anything, this is just to visually show the differences.


    The word is Young MFG makes the group for Ruger and the other is a Rainier Arms Match Grade group. Young MFG carriers are impossible to find right now or the MEGA would have one because IMO, they're the best groups out there. I had the last one Rainier had in stock but it was out of spec so they sent me their best BCG they had on hand.



    Here's the gallery.
    Hard Chrome vs NicBor - Imgur
     

    Shotgun Jeremy

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    What do they go for cost-wise? I really like the way they look. I'm thinking about maybe upgrading my BCG now....I want to see what the differences are performance wise.
     

    AaronP220

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    Most likely, as far as just swapping BCG, you likely won't see much performance gains. Likely no more accuracy, perhaps a little bit cooler running BCG with NicBor, smoother cycling action and easier cleaning. The NicBor withstands carbon build up better than phosphate and HC from what I understand.
     

    ArmyZach

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    Just a humble request from the peanut gallery.
    Could you show each bolt carrier after a set number of rounds so that we could see the difference in carbon build up?
    (Never mind - one is piston, the other is DI. Not much of a comparison).
    NicBor gets cool points, I really like the color, but does it run cleaner? Or is it just easier to clean?
     

    AaronP220

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    We QPQ a lot of things here at NOV. It's a surface treatment and from what I've seen with QPQ coatings in the lab is they are quite durable and tough. Every thing we run is in an HD603 solution so I couldn't tell you anything about the lubricating properties.
     
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