Originally Posted by catch-34
I am looking at purchasing a custom rifle most likely in 7mm STW or something close to it and have 2 questions that i am looking for an answer to from those who have had experiance. First is with regards to magazine style. Which is a better option hinged floorplate or blind magazine. Pros and cons of each. Is one better suited for accuracy than the other? The second part of my question deals with barrel fluting. i am looking for pros and cons of it as well. Also does it increase/decrease accuracy at all? any input would be great. i want to have everything perfect before i decide on what i all want for my gun. thank you
Why even bother with fluting the barrel? I think more guys flute barrels because they like the APPEARANCE of a fluted barrel rather than for any other practicle reason. Fluting is expensive and can make an otherwise accurate barrel less accurate if it is not done correctly. Fluting should be completed early in the barrel making process.
I really don't buy into the notion that fluted barrels cool faster, at least not in a way that makes any difference. As to reducing weight, saving a couple of ounces can be achieved in many other ways.
That being said, I do have a few fluted barrels. They're sexy. :>)