I’m installing a recoil Pad on a new rifle. The stock is wood with many layers of glossy finish. Almost like plastic. What is the best saw blade (teeth per inch) to use in my cut off saw to cut a stock like this? I do not want to chip the finish. I will be using masking tape around the area to be cut.
A really thin kerf non-carbide laminate blade (80-100 teeth in 10-12”) will give the smoothest cut because tool steel is sharper than carbide, it just won’t last more than a few stocks w/o re-sharpening. Other wise a thin kerf carbide with ~80+ teeth is your best bet.
Am I correct in that stainless steel is a softer and more malleable steel than the alloy steel used in most blued guns? If this is correct, then buying a stainless steel gun for a greater price has few advantages.
You are correct. Many companies claim their stainless parts are hardened etc. but stainless is softer than regular steel and will not last as long.
How much faster will the stainless wear?
Since stainless steel is softer it will start right from the get go. Now this doesn’t mean that stainless steel won’t work for guns because if it never did then all of the stainless guns would be wrecked and no one could or would sell any more. BUT stainless steel is not as hard and will not last as long as a regular steel gun. Most people don’t shoot their guns enough to wear them out and most hunters definitely don’t shoot their super zapper ultra range must have elk killer magnums enough to wear them out.