Stainless or fluted blued?

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by nodakor, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. nodakor

    nodakor Member

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    I've decided on a Cooper repeater in 6.5x284 with synthetic stock. My only decision is stainless or blued fluted barrel.
    Both barrels have the same diameter and contour.
    Is there any benefit to a non-fluted barrel? Is a non-fluted barrel more accurate?

    Thank!
     
  2. Gene

    Gene Well-Known Member

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    The benefit is lighter rifle weight. They can be accurate. And they look neat. I dunno who makes Cooper barrels, but most of them shoot very well. Fluted barrels must be stress relieved before and after fluting.
     

  3. deertroy1

    deertroy1 Well-Known Member

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    All pictures I've seen of Coopers the flutes seem to center on the stock line. This leaves a wide gap between the stock and the barrel. I don't like them that way but prefer the raised portion of the barrel between the flutes to center on the stock line. This is just a personel preference thing. Anyone know why Cooper does this? I recently ordered a new all stainless Jackson Hunter and specified a non-fluted barrel for this very reason. [​IMG]

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  4. nodakor

    nodakor Member

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    Thanks for the info and opinions. I'm leaning toward the Jackson hunter with stainless not fluted. Now I just need to find one or wait 6-10 months for an order.
     
  5. Cornfield Flats

    Cornfield Flats Active Member

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    Fluting has no real accuracy benefit but it sure looks cool.
     
  6. MontanaRifleman

    MontanaRifleman Well-Known Member

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    Heavier barrels are stiffer and tend to be more stable and consistent. A non-fluted barrel will be slightly heavier than than a fluted one of the same contour and a little stiffer. If you really like the flutes then get one. I would just go with the standard non-fluted,especially on the lighter barrles.
     
  7. elkaholic

    elkaholic Well-Known Member

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    I'm not so sure that a fluted barrel of the same diameter is any stiffer, but a fluted barrel "of the same weight" is. i.e., a fluted #5 may weigh in about the same as a non-fluted #4 but will be stiffer. A fluted barrel also dissipates heat a little better. The stainless will outlast the chrome moly by a little. The best bet might be a chrome moly, fluted (lighter weight) with melonite treatment which will outlast either. There is "potential" for losing accuracy by fluting if it isn't done properly but I wouldn't be too concerned about that when it is done by any of the good barrel makers.....Rich
     
  8. MontanaRifleman

    MontanaRifleman Well-Known Member

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    Yup, agree