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#6128498 - 01/10/16 10:37 AM fluted barrels
colt45 Offline
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first let me say, the following is just a ?, why do a lot of people like fluted? I know one of the answers is the barrel cools faster, has this been documented? reduced weight (I can see that point) why does Shilen NOT flute their barrels? I have some that are, my only reason..I like the looks.
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#6128503 - 01/10/16 10:39 AM Re: fluted barrels [Re: colt45]
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I'm thinking of having one or two done for the reduced weight. I think cosmetics are often a big motivating factor.

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#6128580 - 01/10/16 11:30 AM Re: fluted barrels [Re: colt45]
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I do it to cut down on weight. A barrel can easily lose a pound or more depending on contour, length, and type/ number of flutes.
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#6128581 - 01/10/16 11:31 AM Re: fluted barrels [Re: jdk1985]
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Originally Posted By: jdk1985
I'm thinking of having one or two done for the reduced weight. I think cosmetics are often a big motivating factor.


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#6128634 - 01/10/16 12:02 PM Re: fluted barrels [Re: colt45]
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It's supposed to reduce weight and possibly look better - while not adversely affecting the barrels stiffness, if I understand correctly.

Retaining the bull-barrel stiffness without all of that weight.


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#6128681 - 01/10/16 12:30 PM Re: fluted barrels [Re: colt45]
kmon1 Offline
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Biggest benefit is reduced weight.

Aesthetics

The flutes do provide more surface area so the barrel should cool more quickly how much is the question.

Strength, I have read lots of different things on this, including claims of fluting makes the barrel stiffer. Do not believe that. Cannot recall making anything stronger by removing material from it. Now if those claims were that a fluted barrel is stiffer than an unfluted barrel of the same weight (not diameter) I can agree with that.

Accuracy, if the flutes are not even and consistent accuracy can be adversely affected especially when the barrel starts to heat up, or so I have read many timea and do not doubt that.
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#6128686 - 01/10/16 12:34 PM Re: fluted barrels [Re: colt45]
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I started out with a 26" Criterion barrel that weighed 6.2 pounds. Had it cut down to 22" and a heavy spiral fluting done to it and now it weighs 3.3 pounds. The kool factor is nice but it was all about weight reduction. No accuracy issues, shoots .280 best group at 100 yards.
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#6128750 - 01/10/16 01:11 PM Re: fluted barrels [Re: kmon1]
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^^What kmon1 said^^
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#6130261 - 01/11/16 10:28 AM Re: fluted barrels [Re: FiremanJG]
Mickey Moose Offline
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
^^What kmon1 said^^

I agree with FiremanJG agreeing with kmon1.
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#6132229 - 01/12/16 11:39 AM Re: fluted barrels [Re: colt45]
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I have found the biggest benefit is in the cooling. we get to do a lot of high volume buck-toothed varmint shooting up here and the guns get wicked hot. A properly fluted barrel ameliorates that quite a bit....so much so I have fluted barrels on my two favorite high volume guns. That said look critically at flutes. Many from the factory are shallow and meant for aesthetics instead of function. More surface area does indeed cause something to cool faster....but many factory guns are fluted in name only, with no performance benefit. My experience with accuracy in fluted barrels has been excellent. Stiffness? Your guess is as good as mine...

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#6132274 - 01/12/16 12:17 PM Re: fluted barrels [Re: nyalubwe]
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Originally Posted By: nyalubwe
I have found the biggest benefit is in the cooling. we get to do a lot of high volume buck-toothed varmint shooting up here and the guns get wicked hot. A properly fluted barrel ameliorates that quite a bit....so much so I have fluted barrels on my two favorite high volume guns. That said look critically at flutes. Many from the factory are shallow and meant for aesthetics instead of function. More surface area does indeed cause something to cool faster....but many factory guns are fluted in name only, with no performance benefit. My experience with accuracy in fluted barrels has been excellent. Stiffness? Your guess is as good as mine...


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#6132301 - 01/12/16 12:37 PM Re: fluted barrels [Re: Cast]
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Originally Posted By: Cast
Originally Posted By: nyalubwe
I have found the biggest benefit is in the cooling. we get to do a lot of high volume buck-toothed varmint shooting up here and the guns get wicked hot. A properly fluted barrel ameliorates that quite a bit....so much so I have fluted barrels on my two favorite high volume guns. That said look critically at flutes. Many from the factory are shallow and meant for aesthetics instead of function. More surface area does indeed cause something to cool faster....but many factory guns are fluted in name only, with no performance benefit. My experience with accuracy in fluted barrels has been excellent. Stiffness? Your guess is as good as mine...


Showoff! That's a nice word.

Ameliorates - make (something bad) better.


Hey!! I am the "big word" user around here - you're horning in on my turf. smile

I have always had accuracy concerns with fluted barrels - don't know if they are justified or not.
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#6132360 - 01/12/16 01:07 PM Re: fluted barrels [Re: Nogalus Prairie]
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They are not. I've had more than one fluted barrel that shot tiny.

I'd like to see scientific evidence of equal contour barrels, one fluted, one not. And would like to see an I.R. sensor shot on the barrels after the same number of rounds in the same amount of time.
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#6132362 - 01/12/16 01:08 PM Re: fluted barrels [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG

They are not. I've had more than one fluted barrel that shot tiny.

I'd like to see scientific evidence of equal contour barrels, one fluted, one not. And would like to see an I.R. sensor shot on the barrels after the same number of rounds in the same amount of time.
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#6132412 - 01/12/16 01:32 PM Re: fluted barrels [Re: colt45]
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X2 that would be very cool.

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