Turning down a barrel????

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by Jumpalot, Jan 1, 2009.

  1. Jumpalot

    Jumpalot Well-Known Member

    Oct 3, 2005
    I have a 270 WSM with a Lilja #5 CM barrel. A local gunsmith put flutes into it before mating it to the action. He said that it would be fine as long as your careful to not generate too much heat while fluting. Well, the rifle shoots under 1/2" groups all day and I get good velocity out of it as well. My need for this rifle as a long range tool has changed since I've had my Edge built. Now I want to turn it into a lightweight pack rifle. My question is, can I have the barrel turned down to a #3 or even a #2?
  2. Dano1

    Dano1 Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2008
    It depends on how deep the flutes are. But I'm guessing that it's possible. It depends on your gunsmith or who you have re-contour the bbl. But there should be plenty of room to do a #2 Lilja contour.


  3. Derek M.

    Derek M. Well-Known Member

    Jul 12, 2004
    Well, depending on who you use, you may spend as much getting it turned down and reblued compared to installing a new bbl. If you are interested in a Stainless #3, I have an extra Lilja in my safe: 3 groove 10 twist. PM me if interested. I have 3 extra .277 bbls in the safe but 2 are already committed to projects.
  4. Michael Eichele

    Michael Eichele Well-Known Member

    Jan 6, 2003
    With Lilja's barrel manufacturing proccesses, I wouldnt recomend that you turn down the barrel. The ID of the bore will get bigger as the OD gets smaller. There is nothing wrong with the way Lilja makes barrels, just that there not made to be turned after the fact. If you have any questions about this, call Lilja and ask them about it. They can explain it better than I can.