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Old 02-04-2006, 11:16 PM
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Re: Long Range Flat shooter??????

The most accurate barrels I know of have 4 or 5 conventional grooves.

And none of 'em are fluted. Fluting a barrel changes its bore/groove diameters; moreso at the ends of the flutes than between the ends. A fluted barrel is less stiff than one of the same diameters and countours than a solid one because metal's been removed from its outside. A fluted barrel of the same weight and basic contour of a solid one is typically less than 5% stiffer; not enough to be critical.

And fluted barrels don't cool as fast as a coarse sand blasted one. If any barrel is properly stress relieved after rifling it won't bend when it gets hot.

If one must have a fluted barrel, I think it's best to have the unrifled blank fluted before it's rifled, then cut rifle the bore, then stress relieved and lapped to uniform bore and groove diameters. Krieger and Obermeyer do this better than anyone else.

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That is a very interesting point of view, every barrel maker that I've researched so far says that fluting not only makes a barrel much stiffer but also makes it cool faster, I do believe that you are right as far as fluting before the blank is rifled so as not to introduce stress after the fact. The info I've gathered here so far is really great, it has influenced a couple of factors for me at least. I think I'm going to spend some more time on barrel maker research, but I'm for sure going with the 280AI. Thanks again......Anymore suggestions?
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Old 02-05-2006, 03:49 AM
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Most people are gonna tell ya whatcha wanna hear to make a sale. Basic physics tells me that the more meat a barrel has on it, the more rigid it is. Fluting looks cool. I bought a fluted barrel for my wife, but I don't want one. If you want one for the looks, get it. If you want it for anything else, save your money....
"The only difference between mediocrity & excellence is EFFORT!" Mike Walton
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Old 02-05-2006, 09:02 AM
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Bearcat, check out John Krieger's web site: www.kriegerbarrels.com Go to the link/section on fluting. Note carefully what he says.

There is a lot of words (spoken and in print) saying that fluting a barrel makes it stiffer. But that's physically impossible. Here's why.

A barrel resists bending down by the force of gravity acting on it by how much material it has to resist bending. The thicker a barrel is for a given caliber and length the less it will bend. A 30-inch long 25 caliber barrel 1 inch in diameter held horizontally at one end will bend less than one of the same length and caliber only 3/8ths inch outside diameter. The reason the thicker barrel bends less is there is more material resisting compression (bottom of the barrel) and expansion (top of the barrel) in line with the force of gravity.

Holding a yardstick horizontally at one end demonstrates the same thing. With the yardstick's width vertical it won't bend much at all; hold the yardstick's width horizontal and it bends quite a bit. Again, it depends how much material resists compression and expansion in the bending force axis which is gravity. Take this yardstick and reduce its width to half, then retest. Retest again with its width reduced to equal its thickness and note how much it bends.

Anytime material is removed from the outside of a barrel there is less material left to resist bending. That's grade school physics. Any respectable mechanical engineer knows this. It doesn't matter if material is uniformly removed (reducing the outside diameter) or in lengthwise strips (fluting); there will be less material to resist bending after it's removed.

Those claiming that fluting a barrel will make it stiffer are wrong. When someone says fluting a barrel makes it stiffer, mention that some of the barrel material that resists bending has been removed. Then ask 'em why they think it would be stiffer as there's less material to resist bending.

As John Krieger says in his web site's section on fluting, a fluted barrel of the same caliber and weight per inch as a solid one a bit smaller in diameter will be stiffer. How much stiffer depends on how deep the flutes are and the outside diameters of both barrels.

A barrel with lots of deep flutes may cool a bit faster than a plain one. Someone did some tests years ago and found out a coarse bead blasted barrel cooled faster. What the cooling rate was didn't matter much as accuracy didn't suffer at all as long as the round didn't stay in the chamber more than 10 to 15 seconds before it was fired.
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Old 02-05-2006, 10:18 AM
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Re: Long Range Flat shooter??????

Nighthunter264wm, I agree with what you said. Marketing hype exists in the shooting sports.

Some years ago, I asked a mechanical engineer to calculate the rigidity (stiffness) of two 30 caliber 1-inch diameter barrel sections; one plain and the other with eight 3/16ths inch wide flutes. The plain one was about 5% stiffer than the fluted one. Increasing the flute depth made the barrel even less rigid. Increasing the fluted barrel's diameter to equal the plain barrel's cross sectional area so the weight per inch of both barrels was the same showed the fluted one to be a little bit stiffer. About halfway between the original fluted barrel's diameter and its increased diameter, both barrels were equal in stiffness.

Besides, what difference does it make how stiff the barrel is as long as the bullet exits the muzzle at the same point in its vertical whip caused by recoil?
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Old 02-05-2006, 04:13 PM
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Re: Long Range Flat shooter??????

The stiffness/weight ratio does matter to a lot of people though--especially those building carry rifles. In my case, a fluted #5 Lilja weighs about the same as a non-fluted #4. The first ought to be a little stiffer and cool a little faster. Probably not a huge difference but what the heck.

Good point on when it's done in the process. I don't know exactly when, but Dan does the fluting fairly early in the process exactly for those reasons.
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Old 02-05-2006, 05:48 PM
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Re: Long Range Flat shooter??????

I will also recommend the .280AI. Mine is built on a Rem 700 action, has a 24" barrel w/ a .750" muzzle diameter. 168gr SMK's are moving just over 2900fps w/ RL-22 and will shoot .5 MOA to 500 yards (the longest range I have access to).

Sometime I'm going to try the 162gr Hornady A-Max's...I use the A-Max's in other cals and they are an awesome bullet.
Dan B.
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Old 02-05-2006, 10:34 PM
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Re: Long Range Flat shooter??????

OK fellas now that I've been gleaning all this great information, I was wondering if I could ask another question. I've heard some other people on the board talk about a list of very talented gunsmiths that attend this board but I've never been able to find the list. I've looked at the list on 6mmbr but some people have said these guys are good but very expensive. So I was wondering if you guys could clue me in on some places I could get a superb job of rebarreling a pre64 win to 280AI. Thanks again for all the great info!
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