Originally Posted by cdb
Can this be done and does it weaken the metal?
I hit a very large rock, very hard - obviously.
But, it depends on whether it is 4340 or 4130 or similar. If it is 4340, then it is probably heat treated. This means if you use heat to straighten it you will lose a lot of strenth. If it is 4130, doesn't really matter. I would be really surprised if any vendor went to the expense and effort to use the 4340. I only have one piece of that on my whole rig.
If it is a straight one, I would just pound/press a piece of thin wall chomo over it and use that to straighten it. Or make a new one. It's pretty easy.