Well it's been hashed out everywhere else...and touched on occasionally here, just was wondering WTA's thoughts on the subject? Mainly of course, AR's since that is the most highly used area in this.
When Nitriding/Meloniting first became common I was deadest against it. Cheapy manufacturers cutting corners rather than paying to have barrels chrome-lined.
I still believe that to a point: Most of the cheap manufacturers use Nitriding, whereas the bigger names still use chrome-lining.
However....dang...I know they're not the quality, they'll cheap out somewhere, but the accuracy......of Nitrided AR barrels is intriguing me. In average they seem to be beating out the average chrome-lined barrels from the mid-level manufacturers. PSA, Spikes Tactical, Windham,etc.
Bolts/BCG's.etc. that come WITH the nitride uppers appear to be the budget ones, MP tested but not HP tested. If you buy your own anyway that's of little concern.
My rare AR's I plan on keeping have chrome-lined barrels. They're the keepers partially for that reason.
That said....if I were to purchase another....for $100 savings I'd dang near go that route......