OK, no doubt stainless guns look more durable than blued. Supposedly a stainless barrel will shoot cold to POA better than a Moly BBL. But is having a stainless gun with synthetic stock really needed- even in rain? Even in AK? I view my rifles as tools. I use but never abuse them. Beauty marks do not bother me at all, as long as they go bang and shoot straight!
I guess my question is for hunting AK, would a stainless rifle really increase my success rate? I ask because my Browning A-Bolt has a glossy, but dulled down now with age/use wood stock. Really, when I pull the action I must say the wood looks pretty well sealed. There is no sign that this bedded stock has ever warped. The gloss bluing is still good with some scratches, pitting, slight surface rust. Rain seems to bead off it and this hunting tool looks the part. There are days when I feel like stainless, but at other times I favor traditional wood/blue- depends on the mood I'm in.
But with hunting being more expensive and limited, is it time to get rid of my wood rifles? How many of you Hunt Alaska with traditional rifles and do you feel handicapped? Or are stainless and hi-tech rifles just a marketing ploy- which then comes down to taste? How many of you who hunt with traditional rifles in AK, have missed you game because your traditional wood gun failed due to hunt conditions?