Barrel Fluting that doesn’t whistle????

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by AKdan, Aug 31, 2018.

  1. AKdan

    AKdan Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys-

    Anyone have a flutted barrel that doesn’t whistle in the wind. I have only had one flutted barrel and heavily flutted at that. It is amazingly noisy in the wind. I love heavy barrels but am trying to reduce weight. I was looking at the proof barrels but they don’t make 338 barrels shorter than 24” so I was looking at flutting a heavy barrel but really don’t like the noise especially when hunting. Any ideas?

    Thanks,
    Dan
     
  2. Gwine

    Gwine Well-Known Member

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    If the top edge of the flute is radiused instead of sharp it should not whistle. Not sure how difficult this would be on the mill.
     
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  3. Edd

    Edd Well-Known Member

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    If you decide to use a fluted barrel, and have any interest in a chromoly barrel with .100" deep flutes, send me a PM.
     
  4. AKdan

    AKdan Well-Known Member

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    Gwine- Ha I should have thought about the radius’d Edge. The edges on my rifle I are at a near 90* angle thus fairly sharp leading to “the whistle” not sure how to radius something like that.

    Edd- thanks for the notification- it’s stainless for me chromoly is too much maintenance in the field for what I do.
     
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  5. IdahoCTD

    IdahoCTD Well-Known Member

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    It's not that hard to make them with a radius but it takes more time. You can also use a different cutter that has tapered walls rather than straight.
     
  6. EddieHarren

    EddieHarren Well-Known Member

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    A piece of round stock with emery paper will "break" the edge somewhat.
     
  7. AKdan

    AKdan Well-Known Member

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    I might have to test this out with an old barrel. Heavily flute a piece of roundstock and test a few different flute patterns
     
  8. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    You should have paid the extra fee for the anti-whistling finish...

    :cool:
     
  9. codyadams

    codyadams Well-Known Member

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    Also, if your still interested in a carbon barrel, Hells Canyon Armory in Idaho will do pretty much whatever you want in a carbon barrel, and from what I have read about them they are as good or better than proof barrels, and likely cheaper. May be worth a look....
     
  10. Bravo 4

    Bravo 4 Well-Known Member

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    Don’t guess I’ve ever experienced (noticed) this phenomenon. Not saying this doesn’t happen as I suppose it’s possible, but do you happen to have a muzzle brake on it?
    What kind of winds are we talking about (velocity)?
     
  11. AKdan

    AKdan Well-Known Member

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    I have a brake but it is always taped over with black tape... usually when it gets to about 25 mph or more.
     
  12. eklarsen

    eklarsen Well-Known Member

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    I have several and have never noticed a whistle. I am however kinda old and some say (wife) that I am deaf, which is pretty rude that she doesn't acknowledge that I identify as a selective listener.
     
  13. WeiserBucks

    WeiserBucks Well-Known Member

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    If the wind is 25 mph+ , you're the only critter that will hear your whistling flutes .
     
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  14. Gwine

    Gwine Well-Known Member

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    Is that why they call it a flute?:rolleyes: