Originally Posted by straightshooter
Just a question, say a guy is trying to build a rifle only weight of 10lbs, wouldn't you get a stiffer barrel if you used a larger diameter barrel and flute it? For example if I was to put on a fluted number 8 which weighed the same as a non fluted 7. Bench rest shooters, don't have to worry about weight as much as every one else, so yeah, a non fluted barrel is the way to go, but if weight is an issue, fluting has some advantages. I have shot both fluted and non fluted barrels and the fluted have been the most accurate. Now was that because they were fluted or just because they were heavier to start with? Again this is one of those things where what works for one guy has no place for another. Personally I don't think fluting has much play on accuracy or not. You get what you pay for. Who wants to trade me a Shilen number 5 straight across for a fluted number 8 take off barrel? Or who wants to trade me a Shilen 8 fluted straight across for a number 5 take off barrel?
The best thing I can tell you is to log on the Lilja site and under FAQs Dan has a very good
explanation and comparison between fluted and non fluted Barrels.
So don't take my word for it ,Because I'm am not a barrel maker, go strait to the barrel maker
and get your answer.
I had some bad experiences with fluted barrels and for a long time I would not build a tomato
stake with flutes much less a rifle. After talking to Lilja and having him explain the reasons that
I had had bad experiences with fluted barrels (Not his) It was just bad fluting and he
guaranteed me that if it were done right that they had little or no effect on accuracy and since
I tried one of his fluted barrels My mind has been changed.
I have quite a few fluted barrels now and I am very happy with them. strangely enough though
the very best(Most accurate) rifles/pistols I have are all non fluted. (Coincident?) maybe , but
when rifles shoot 1/10 of an inch groups I consider that good enough.
I have lots of fluted rifles that shoot 1/4 MOA so the difference is not much if any.
To build a rifle of a certain weight it is best to put the right components together not just the
barrel . Example: There are scopes that weigh less that 2 pounds and there are other ones
that weigh over 4 pounds.
So if you build a rifle that weighs 5.1/2 pounds and then hang a 4 pound scope on it you end
up with a heavy rifle.
Fluting is not the answer to weight because a fluted barrel will only reduce the weight by less
than 1/2 a pound and a fluted # 7 weighs as much as a plain #6 and is no stronger.
So look for a lighter scope, rings,bases,stocks if weight is a problem.
Just my opinion for what it's worth.
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