Barrel Fluting

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by ofdscooby, Feb 2, 2014.

  1. ofdscooby

    ofdscooby Well-Known Member

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    I bought a benchmark barrel awhile back it shoots great it is a little heavier than I wanted for hunting can the barrel still be fluted and how much can I get out of a Sendero contour
     
  2. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    My advice would be, If it is shooting great, Don't mess with it.

    That being said, I never recommend fluting a used barrel, To much can go wrong and effect the accuracy.

    Some have good luck with fluting later. I have not.

    Just Me

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  3. Edd

    Edd Well-Known Member

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    Even if it has no effect on how it shoots, you will only remove about 6 ounces from a Sendero contour.
     
  4. ofdscooby

    ofdscooby Well-Known Member

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    I'll leave it then, the more I get into long range the heavier my guns get but I guess it's really not that bad I'm just not used to it yet
     
  5. Hired Gun

    Hired Gun Well-Known Member

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    That's no lie. I used to think of a 10 pound rifle as heavy and 15 pound rifles as stupid heavy. Now 15 pounds is feeling pretty sporty for a long range rig..
     
  6. Canadian Bushman

    Canadian Bushman Well-Known Member

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    As a mill guy i can tell you i have destroyed a good number of lathe turned parts by simply performing my task in the wrong order of operation. Its pretty common to destroy a prototype because we are unable to predict how stress will rear its ugly head during a machining operation. Over time we see patterns and begin to head them off. I think barrel fluting is dangerous to do unless done by the manufacturer for the same reason. They understand their process and will flute a barrel at the right time. Doing fluting after the manufacturer has finished their work is taking a chance in my opinion.
     
  7. CPGfan

    CPGfan Well-Known Member

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    Get with Karl Kampfeld (Kampfeld Customs) he will flute your bbl and you will not lose anything in accuracy. He has fluted several bbls for me that were already chambered and ALL have shot as good when I got them back. Karl is first class in workmanship and customer service.
     
  8. sinarms

    sinarms Well-Known Member

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    If you want to have a benchmark barrel fluted have benchmark do the fluting. If they won't flute a used barrel then it is probably best to not have it fluted.
     
  9. Canadian Bushman

    Canadian Bushman Well-Known Member

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    +1
    That is very sound reasoning!
     
  10. deadlift

    deadlift Official LRH Sponsor

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    Karl is great, but we don't recommend fluting after final install.
    Chris
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  11. DavidFoor

    DavidFoor New Member

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    deadlift,

    If the barrel is new and has not been installed is it ok?
     
  12. pmh-usa

    pmh-usa Well-Known Member

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    Chris, aren't Benchmark barrels cut-rifled?
     
  13. Hired Gun

    Hired Gun Well-Known Member

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    They are button rifled.
     
  14. deadlift

    deadlift Official LRH Sponsor

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    Yes we are button barrels and fluting before final install is GTG.
    Chris
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