Barrel Flute Finish

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by Edd, Mar 10, 2012.

  1. Edd

    Edd Well-Known Member

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    I recently received my first custom fluted barrel. The dimensions of the flutes for length width and symmetry appear to be perfect. I was surprised at the poor finish of machined surface of the grooves. Is this normal or do some barrel makers have a nice shinny machined surface finish on the grooves?
     
  2. geargrinder

    geargrinder Well-Known Member

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    I'd say that is is not "normal", but is far from uncommon.

    Many use a ball end mill, but it is not the optimal use for the tool. It's easy to leave a less than perfect finish.

    Have you talked to your barrel supplier about it?
     

  3. Edd

    Edd Well-Known Member

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    No I haven't, I intend to use this barrel.

    I need to order another barrel soon and will talk to them before I order another one. What brand of barrels have a slick shinny finish on the grooves.
     
  4. shortgrass

    shortgrass Well-Known Member

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    Hart Barrels fluting has very nice finish.
     
  5. Sleepy Time

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    WHo's your barrel maker? I have a Lilja that has a very nice finish.
     
  6. Edd

    Edd Well-Known Member

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    I don't think I could make myself buy a barrel that wasn't cut rifled.
     
  7. shortgrass

    shortgrass Well-Known Member

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    That is your loss!
     
  8. geargrinder

    geargrinder Well-Known Member

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    Wow! No kidding.

    I have both. And they both shoot fantastic.



    What's your reasoning, Edd?
     
  9. Edd

    Edd Well-Known Member

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    Loss, what am I losing?
     
  10. geargrinder

    geargrinder Well-Known Member

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    By ignoring button rifled barrels, your losing the choice of a ton of great shooting high quality barrels.
     
  11. shortgrass

    shortgrass Well-Known Member

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    TIME! Unless you just like waiting. I've been fitting and chambering both cut and buttoned for 20+ years. No practical difference. Order a cut from most any maker and wait and wait and wait,,,, I can have a Hart or Broughton in hand in 8 weeks or less. I've used both and either make honest 1000yd. shooters in the hands of competitors or capable varminters. A good barrel, no matter how it's made, is just that,, a good barrel. Other than that, it's just a "mind set". :D
     
  12. Edd

    Edd Well-Known Member

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    For the amount of barrels I'm going to need in my lifetime, I think I can plan the lead time. I don't have to set and wait for a barrel to arrive. I've got way too many things to do to waste any time.

    But back to the question on slick and shiny grooves. What cut rifled barrel makers have it.
     
  13. gunwalker

    gunwalker Well-Known Member

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    My Rock Creek cut rifled barrel came from them with really nice shiny grooves.
     
  14. shortgrass

    shortgrass Well-Known Member

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    Ya' can't have a discussion with a closed mind.