Long Range Hunting Online Magazine


Go Back   Long Range Hunting Online Magazine > Rifles, Reloading, Optics, Equipment > Rifles, Bullets, Barrels and Ballistics


Reply

Does fluting affect barrel accuracy?

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #15  
Old 06-20-2012, 10:50 AM
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: NC, oceanfront
Posts: 3,167
Re: Does fluting affect barrel accuracy?

Quote:
Originally Posted by calling4life View Post
For me
Button rifled= don't flute,
You must mean contouring, rather than fluting.
I would not allow anyone but the barrelmaker to contour his barrel(if button) -prior to lapping.
Fluting? I don't know that this would be a problem no matter when it's done.
Maybe if someone went crazy with it..
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 06-20-2012, 08:44 PM
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Redmond Or.
Posts: 2,527
Re: Does fluting affect barrel accuracy?

Hart Barrels are button rifled, & Hart offers Fluting them in a number if different patterns.
You wouldn't think a barrel manufacturer would offer this service if they thought it "hurt the accuracy" of thier barrels. Haven't hered too many negatives about them.
Usually folks mention Kreiger, Hart, & Lilja, as being in like company at the top of the pile. Many others are highly recomended too like Brux, Schillen, etc. Not all manufacturers offer fluting, but many of the top end manufacturers do. I doubt they would if it screwed up accuracy.
My 26" Hart is fluted. When Ted ("shortgrass") finishes my build ill letcha know how it shoots. I've got a hunch its gonna be fine.
__________________
"Its not Rocket Surgery.....'
GOD,GUNS,&GUTTS MADE AMERICA, LETS KEEP ALL 3!winmag

"I have No idea why that cop made me ride in the back seat, when I Clearly called Shotgun!"
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 06-20-2012, 09:33 PM
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Allen, TX
Posts: 2,608
Re: Does fluting affect barrel accuracy?

Quote:
Originally Posted by winmag View Post
Hart Barrels are button rifled, & Hart offers Fluting them in a number if different patterns.
You wouldn't think a barrel manufacturer would offer this service if they thought it "hurt the accuracy" of thier barrels. Haven't hered too many negatives about them.
Usually folks mention Kreiger, Hart, & Lilja, as being in like company at the top of the pile. Many others are highly recomended too like Brux, Schillen, etc. Not all manufacturers offer fluting, but many of the top end manufacturers do. I doubt they would if it screwed up accuracy.
My 26" Hart is fluted. When Ted ("shortgrass") finishes my build ill letcha know how it shoots. I've got a hunch its gonna be fine.
Congrats winmag. I bet it's a hummer too.

They do caution about contouring and fluting after it leaves their shop...
Hart Rifle Barrels

Like I said earlier... if you let the manufacturer handle it, they'll honor their warranty. Otherwise you may be alright, but you may run into finger pointing.

-- richard
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 06-21-2012, 09:34 AM
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: The cold part of Montana
Posts: 1,390
Re: Does fluting affect barrel accuracy?

Personlly I would think that if you want a fluted barrel then get it from a top manf. They will take the necessary steps to insure that the barrel is stress relieved, but to have a barrel fluted after you recieve it is pretty much like shooting yourself in the foot.

As for stiffness, depends on how you look at it. for a given contour less material = decreased stiffness, given weight (equal length) = larger dia = stiffer

Cooling most manufactures don't feel that the added surface area is great enough to significantly aid in cooling, and less mass = heats up easier, Also a darker surface has been found to aid in cooling better than added surface area, but then again dark object s tend to absorb heat from outside sources more efficiently than lighter (more reflective surfaces, 6th grade science anyone).

BUT fluting sure does look cool
in the end though just like everything else it's just a trade off. To flute or not to flute? whats important to you? either way a good manf is most important.
__________________
Keep in mind the animals we shoot for food and display are not bullet proof. Contrary to popular belief, they bleed and die just like they did a hundred years ago. Being competent with a given rifle is far more important than impressive ballistics and poor shootability. High velocity misses never put a steak in the freezer.

Joe
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 06-21-2012, 10:27 AM
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Allen, TX
Posts: 2,608
Re: Does fluting affect barrel accuracy?

for clarity...

I never said a 3rd party can't do a good fluting job.

But if you later have concerns about the quality/accuracy of the barrel, don't be too surprised if the barrel maker questions the fluting.

So, another approach might be to shoot first and then ask your chosen fluting smith if he'll stand behind his work and replace the barrel if the accuracy falls off.

I mention this because some after market guys have more fluting options than the barrel makers. And, some barrel makers are very conservative about the number, depth, styles that they'll do.

-- richard
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 06-22-2012, 09:01 AM
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Northeast
Posts: 2,232
Re: Does fluting affect barrel accuracy?

Not too sure about all the theory but my fluted 6.5x284 Cooper and my buddy's Hart barreled 300 Weatherby will hold .5 MOA or better out to 1000 yards. I believe both are button rifled.
__________________

"Let us speak courteously, deal fairly, and keep ourselves armed and ready"-T. Roosevelt
Reply With Quote
  #21  
Old 06-23-2012, 04:26 AM
Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 31
Re: Does fluting affect barrel accuracy?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Aldon View Post
It is like the lottery.

It can and does occasionally effect accuracy.
It's mostly about dynamics and harmonics. Yes--they are the lottery!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads for: Does fluting affect barrel accuracy?
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Does Trigger affect accuracy? Laker_Taker Rifles, Bullets, Barrels and Ballistics 11 06-26-2012 07:05 AM
Barrel fluting post build affect accuracy? James Jones Rifles, Bullets, Barrels and Ballistics 26 02-24-2010 07:30 PM
How much does rain affect accuracy? linksmechanic Long Range Hunting & Shooting 6 10-18-2009 08:01 PM
Barrel conture and its affect on accuracy ?? James Jones Rifles, Bullets, Barrels and Ballistics 3 05-11-2005 10:17 AM
Do belts affect accuracy? trader388 Rifles, Bullets, Barrels and Ballistics 19 03-23-2004 12:39 AM

Current Poll
Are you on Facebook?
Yes - 46.55%
1,092 Vote
No - 19.27%
452 Votes
No, but I may join - 1.75%
41 Votes
No way, are you kidding? - 36.19%
849 Votes
Total Votes: 2,346
You may not vote on this poll.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:52 AM.


Powered by vBulletin ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Management Powered by vBadvanced CMPS
All content ©2010-2014 Long Range Hunting, LLC