Re: flutes or no flutes
When I spoke with someone at Krieger just a couple of weeks ago, they said they will NOT flute a barrel once it is off the lathe. I asked if I could send my .277 bbl back to them for fluting.
I have 2 fluted bbls. One is a PacNor and the way the fluting came about was the builder, John Noveske, had already built my 30.06. He later got his fluting machine and said that he would do mine for free if I wanted so he could use the new machine, and that if accuracy changed at all, he'd replace the barrel.
I noticed no change whatsoever in accuracy with already proven loads.
The other is a Lilja barrel fluted by him and sold to Kirby for my 270 AM.
So, if you choose to get a fluted barrel, it is my opinion that the barrel maker should do the fluting because if the finished rifle won't shoot, it's on them. They cannot come back at you later and say that they are not going to help you out with a replacement because someone else fluted the barrel and they have no control over someone else's technique or skill.