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Old 02-04-2009, 04:13 PM
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Fluting, Octagonal?

For a 1.125" dia. Hart benchrest barrel in 6NormaBR, would it be best to go with a round barrel, or fluting or octagonal? Is one more conducive to accuracy? Are they all just for looks? I am building a benchrest gun, and would like to know in order to get the best accuracy.

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Old 02-04-2009, 07:00 PM
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Re: Fluting, Octagonal?

I shot bench rest in the 90's and hardly anyone fluted there barrels then. Now i don't know. I would do 2 things, if i was getting back in to benchrest shooting i would shoot a 6 PPC .262 neck then i would ask my gunsmith for his advise on the flutting. I would choose a smith who is a shooter also, he would know the rules. When i quit i was shooting a new 6ppc, Hall M rblp action , Lee Six stock, Hart barrel, Jewell trigger, 36 x L. scope, gun could not weigh over 10.5 lb for LV class. There was no thought given to flutting to save weight.
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Old 02-04-2009, 07:54 PM
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Re: Fluting, Octagonal?

a 1.125" barrel that is round will be more stiff than a 1.125" barrel thats fluted plain and simple. The fluted barrel might cool a little bit faster and it will weigh less but it will not be stiffer. I don't know about the octagonal barrel but I assume the same if your measuring the max OD , if your measuring 1.125" from flat to flat then it will be stiffer bacause it has more mass.

What class are you looking to shoot?
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Re: Fluting, Octagonal?

Ok, you really need to clarify something first. That question is in the realm of what size tires do I put on a race car. A lot more information is needed.

Are we talking SR BR, ie 100-300 yds?

are we talking 600-1000 Yd LR BR?

Are we talking SR Score BR?

IMO forget the octogonal, you might have to flute to make weight depending on which class you are shooting, but there are other options also.

If you are asking that type question, you really need to be talking to the smith that is going to build it. You have weight limitations in each class (from 10.5 to 17 lbs depending on which class), and depending on the other components you may have to make adjustments.


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Re: Fluting, Octagonal?

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Ok, you really need to clarify something first. That question is in the realm of what size tires do I put on a race car. A lot more information is needed.

Are we talking SR BR, ie 100-300 yds?

are we talking 600-1000 Yd LR BR?

Are we talking SR Score BR?

IMO forget the octogonal, you might have to flute to make weight depending on which class you are shooting, but there are other options also.

If you are asking that type question, you really need to be talking to the smith that is going to build it. You have weight limitations in each class (from 10.5 to 17 lbs depending on which class), and depending on the other components you may have to make adjustments.


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That's basicly what i meant but you said it a lot better. Very good information.
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Re: Fluting, Octagonal?

I've never competed before, but would like to get into F-class shooting (600 - 1000 yds.), I think that it will be relatively easy to stay in the weight limit, but I'm primarily looking a what will be the most accurate.

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Re: Fluting, Octagonal?

Competion is fun but time consuming, and expensive. I shot 100-200 yard on the IBS and NBRSA circuit in the late 80's - mid 90's. I had a 6ppc which was and probably still dominate today. But those was tough years young, married raising a child i really didnt have the money to go a lot. I had one thing for me at the time i was in auto body business just small, but i started painting gun stocks since it was auto-body work. I actually started painting for a top gunsmith at the time named Seely Masker, he give me a little endorcement which helped and i did a fair amount of stock painting in the evenings to help my hobby. The trouble most matches involved driving out of town which included : gas, food, motels, etc. soon added up and i decided to sell out. Now i started landscaping doing better, kid gone, etc., dont have the time. Its like one of the life reverse order thing. I would contact the International Bench Rest Assc. and get some information on what is offered to see what you would like. BTW on one of the upper tabs Bordend Rifles is Jim Borden i think he still might be the President. I would gather information like this to see what appeals to you before i would buy any equiptment. One other thing if you decide to compete and you cant jump in to it heavy i wouldn't do it. These guys competing are having fun but they are there to win. Like Dale Earnhart said second place is the first plase looser. Good luck to you.
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