Originally Posted by ICANHITHIMMAN
This one is for the smiths,makers and guys you just know allot of stuff
When are barrels fluted? I mean at what step in the precess of making a barrel are the flutes cut?
The reason I ask is I have an un fluted barrel that I would like to be fluted. It is a blank?
When I need a fluted barrel I have the barrel maker flute it ,that way he has complete
control of the quality of the finished product.
I have seen some realy bad fluting jobs and been ask to see if I could fix them ( The answer
was NO ) Two many things can go wrong and you just lost a custom barrel.
By having it done by the barrel maker if ther is a problem he just makes you another one
( I have had this happen a few times ).
Normaly it is done before the final stress relieve and then it will be checked for tolerance.
Lilja does a good job and guarantees his barrels .Shilen doesent flute so he wont because
he doesent have control of how and by whom it's done.
If you have it done later and there is something wrong and it will not shoot then you are
on your on because neither the smith or the barrel maker will except responsiblity.
If you want to flute to save weight you can have it turned to a smaller contour safely.
If it is for looks then save that barrel and have one made like you wont.
I hope this helped
J E CUSTOM