For the benefit of the discussion, and in the interest of full disclosure, I know that cast iron skillets can be well seasoned (One of mine was given to my parents for a wedding present in 1947, and it's nearly as slick as Teflon) and I know I've read a lot about seasoned steel rifle barrels for muzzle loaders (I think a few of mine are well seasoned, because they surely are slicker than when new) and I've advocated the electric drill and 0000 steel wool method of shotgun bore cleaning for many years now, and do it constantly, and now I find out that some folks who sound like they have a greater scientific knowledge than I was ever taught say what I've been doing is burnishing my shotgun barrels and that it's not possible to season steel barrels at all. I'm honestly confused by all this damn science, which always comes around to mess up my perfectly good and settled opinions that I have long held to be common knowledge facts. But the truth is the truth, whatever my opinion and experience,,,,so let's read an opinion on burnishing a shotgun bore,,,that was an earlier link here posted by Patriot,,,not my opinion:
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Shotgun Bore Burnishing.
This applies to all shotgun bores other than chromed bores, all shotgun bores are polished but not burnished, burnishing removes all the scratches from shotgun bores left by polishing with abrasives.
Burnishing actually closes the pores in metal and leaves the metal surface very slick, it will make almost any shotgun more consistent in patterning and point of impact.
It reduces substantially plastic fouling left in shotgun bores from plastic wads, which reduces pattern consistency.
Burnishing is really simple to do but is very time consuming, when done properly it can be very rewarding in benefit of pattern density and consistency.
To burnish a shotgun bore all you need is:
(1) A piece of dowel rod the length of the barrel.
(2) An electric drill.
(3) 0000 steel wool which is my favorite.
Take the dowel rod and make a few nicks in the end that you will run through the bore just enough to grab the steel woool, wind the steel wool around the dowel rod like a q-tip just enough so that it will pass through the bore of barrel while being spun by the drill, next just chuck the rod in the drill and start burnishing, run the whole rod back and forth the entire bore for about an hour.
If the bore is rough from rust a little shot of wd-40 on the steel wool will help.
I have used this method on all my shotguns and results are always the same extremely bright bores and consistent shooters.
Being a lawyer by profession and a hillbilly from Humansville by birth, my only knowledge of science was gained many years ago and may be completely outmoded or I may have forgotten the principles if I was ever taught them in the first place. So,,,,can you:
1. Season a cast iron skillet? I sure think you can, but I don't know the science.
2. Season a mild steel muzzleloader rifle barrel? I've just always assumed you could.
3. Is it burnishing when I put the electric drill rig to a shotgun? I never thought about it, but it sounds right. I thought you needed a lap with very mild lapping compound (jeweler's rouge) to burnish up a barrel, but maybe not.
4. Can you season a chrome moly or ordinance steel modern shotgun barrel? I don't know, never even thought about doing the same thing to a shotgun you do all the time to cast iron skillets and muzzleloaders with rifled steel barrels.
5. Why? I'm in the scientific darkness and seeking the light. I am an unlettered peasant seeking out wise counsel from well seasoned and literate scientific priests with highly burnished minds. I question the science and want to be educated on the science of this subject.
I've always been curious about things I think I know but might not. Going through life seeking more knowledge is a good and noble goal, I think. Beats the hell out of defending ignorance and superstition, although it's not nearly as easy, as popular, or as much fun.