Interrupted vs. Straight flutes on a barrel

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by VjjR, Mar 31, 2011.

  1. VjjR

    VjjR Well-Known Member

    Sep 11, 2010
    I was browsing the rifle pictures today and noticed a large number of interrupted fluted barrels. Could possible be more than straight fluted barrels.

    Is there advantages to a interrupted flute as opposed to straight?
    I would assume they would be only a little bit stronger since there is a staggered area where there is no fluting. Is this the case?
  2. Kevin Cram

    Kevin Cram Well-Known Member

    Mar 9, 2004
    There's really no major advantage to any fluting other than aesthetics. The weight loss is minimal and strength advantage using a larger contour and fluting is just as minimal. I do several interrupted fluted barrels just because it's a different look and makes your custom rifle stand out from the crowd.