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    fluted barrel

    Are there any benefits to a fluted barrel.

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    A much more tuneful "bang" for a start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobby18 View Post
    Are there any benefits to a fluted barrel.
    Lighter pockets. Regards JCS

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    Reduced weight for a given degree of stiffness, and bling. Against those, fluting adds around £150 cost to that of a plain round blank normally.

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    You can lighten up the barrel without losing any stiffness, and increase surface area for cooling in a match rifle. It won't shave off much weight until you get into the thicker barrels, like the 26-inch stainless on a Remington 700 in 7mm STW; I had one, and it made a difference in weight and balance there. I also built a .308 Win with a 20-inch heavy barrel (no taper) fluted, on a M700 short action, just to experiment, and it was very accurate and handy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobby18 View Post
    Are there any benefits to a fluted barrel.
    Obviously, weight reduction.

    A fluted barrel has a greater surface area than a round barrel and will dissipate heat at a greater rate.

    However, the round barrel, having a greater mass, will need more heat to raise its temperature than the fluted.
    Last edited by FISMA; 26-01-2016 at 19:07.

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    You can lighten up the barrel without losing any stiffness, and increase surface area for cooling in a match rifle.
    Another plausible argument that fails - remove material and it will be less 'stiff' compared to original unfluted barrel, this myth comes from the sheet metal world that uses folds to 'stiffen' sheet, absolutely not applicable to a barrel unless you are a salesman.

    As to 'cooling' again a myth, the more steel around the bore the better the heat transfer.

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    Also an old idea as Hammerelli offered many styles of barrel fluting on their Martini target rifles and these rifles were used in top flight competition. Such as the Plympic when real shooting was the first medal awarded. Of course that was about 100 years ago now. There is a nice article in one of the old Gun Digests on these rifles and the firm Hammerelli.

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    Weight reduction, increased surface area for cooling, looks great in marketing material and increased "cool"ing at the range when your mates see it
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