Following the high cost of Mo and other alloying elements, many attempts are being carried out aimed to improve the hardenability of high thickness forged components without increasing their price. In this work the effect of B is examined on laboratory scale. In particular, two ingots have been cast in a pilot plant, with boron addiction. Boron as been added in a protected steel chemical composition, so to be effective in terms of hardenability. Materials were then hot rolled and cooled favoring the formation of a microstructure typical of that of forged components. Results on the material are compared to that of a standard steel in terms of hardenability. Copyright © 2018 VBRI Press.