Barrel Fluting Recommendation Needed

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by Blacktail, May 25, 2011.

  1. Blacktail

    Blacktail Well-Known Member

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    I have one of the original Tikka M695 in .270 other than having it bedded and adjusting the trigger its stock. I am hoping to lighten it up for backpack trips it weighs in right now around 8 pounds or so scoped. Can anyone recommend anyone for fluting the barrel or someone who would be able to skeltonize the bolt? thanks
     
  2. EddieHarren

    EddieHarren Well-Known Member

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    Fluting and skeletonizing will yield minimal weight reduction.
     

  3. Blacktail

    Blacktail Well-Known Member

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    How much you thinking. 6-8 oz? Never owned a gun with either
     
  4. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

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    Be aware of the risk of loss in accuracy of a finished barrel being fluted. I have done this with good results and also one case where accuracy was lost. I now have my barrels fluted before they are final lapped. If you do have it done I would rcommend also having it stress relieved by either cryogentics or nitride treatment.

    Jeff
     
  5. Boss Hoss

    Boss Hoss Well-Known Member

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    I would not do this to a factory tube. The odds of accuracy loss by the removal of metal on the finished tube is very real.
     
  6. joe0121

    joe0121 Well-Known Member

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    +1

    Personally I doubt it's worth the cost.
     
  7. Blacktail

    Blacktail Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the advice probably just leave it as is and build a lightweight pack gun..thnx