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Old 01-27-2007, 11:51 AM
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Which is Better?

I am new to long range shooting and just wanted to ask. Which is Better? A heavy non fluted barrel? Or a fluted barrel?
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Old 01-27-2007, 12:44 PM
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Re: Which is Better?

A couple of facts about them.

1st, If you take identical barrels and flute one of them, the non-fluted barrel is more rigid. It takes a fluted barrel of identical weight at the same length to = the rigidity of the non-fluted barrel.

2nd Fluted barrels do not dissipate heat much faster than no-fluted as most would have you believe. If you need more heat dissipation, certain types of bead blasting creates more yet super small surface area for faster cooling.

3rd If you ever get snow or water in the flutes and pull the trigger, much of it will jetison itself onto you scope lense and render your optics useless.

4th If the smith does not cut the flutes right, they can cause inaccuracies and weak spots as well as undue stress on the barrel.

Are fluted barrels bad? Not neccecarily, but I cant think of any downsides to non-fluted barrels. If weight is a concern, then go carbon.
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Old 01-27-2007, 01:21 PM
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Re: Which is Better?

270, when you ask which is better, you'll have to explain better for what?
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Old 01-27-2007, 01:48 PM
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Re: Which is Better?

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A couple of facts about them.

1st, If you take identical barrels and flute one of them, the non-fluted barrel is more rigid. It takes a fluted barrel of identical weight at the same length to = the rigidity of the non-fluted barrel.

2nd Fluted barrels do not dissipate heat much faster than no-fluted as most would have you believe. If you need more heat dissipation, certain types of bead blasting creates more yet super small surface area for faster cooling.

3rd If you ever get snow or water in the flutes and pull the trigger, much of it will jetison itself onto you scope lense and render your optics useless.

4th If the smith does not cut the flutes right, they can cause inaccuracies and weak spots as well as undue stress on the barrel.

Are fluted barrels bad? Not neccecarily, but I cant think of any downsides to non-fluted barrels. If weight is a concern, then go carbon.

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Fluted barrels are easier to pick up when you have gloves on, slick barrels are more difficult to pick up than non-fluted ones.

Additionally, you can rechamber a non-fluted barrel more times that a fluted one.

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Old 01-27-2007, 02:40 PM
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Re: Which is Better?

I agree with meichle.For myself, I cant see any advantage for fluting.It can save weight on a heavy barrel hunting gun but again I would just as soon go with a slightly lighter contour to make a weight limit/goal than to flute.
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Old 01-27-2007, 02:46 PM
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Re: Which is Better?

Dave, what i am trying to ask is what would be better for an all purpose rifle.
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Old 01-27-2007, 03:00 PM
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Dave, what i am trying to ask is what would be better for an all purpose rifle.

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Hello,

You can purchase three non-fluted barrels for two fluted barrels. I don't think that fluting adds 50% to barrel life.

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