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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 01-05-2011, 01:19 PM Thread Starter
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Barrel and bolt fluting question

I am reworking on of my howas. My thought is to flute the barrel and bolt for looks but what are the benefits from a shooting stand point. I don't want to rebarrel at this point because the rifle itself shoots so well. At 200 yards I get 1 ragged hole. I lightened the trigger to suit me at 3 1/3 lbs. 5 shot group with reloads are producing 1/4 inch groups for me with specific rifle in a 270. If I have the rifle fluted with this mess up how well the gun shoots??
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Re: Barrel and bolt fluting question

I can't think of any advantage to fluting the bolt. Fluting the barrel lightens it and providemore surface area for cooling, however, you have to have a thick enough barrel wall to have it done and be safe.




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Re: Barrel and bolt fluting question

my thoughts were for looks rather than function. I just don't want to mess the accuracy up.
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Re: Barrel and bolt fluting question

The bolt shouldn't mess it up. There is a good chance fluting the barrel will mess it up. What barrel contour is it? If it's a sporter contour it may not have the thickness needed. Remember the old saying "if it aint broke don't mess with it".
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Re: Barrel and bolt fluting question

Never kick a sleeping dog/If it ain't broke, don't try to fix it.

Pick one.

Having someone flute a barrel that's already shown itself to be accurate, may change the barrel's characteristics and render it useless. Just my approach on this subject.

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Re: Barrel and bolt fluting question

good point trigger! That's why I was asking because I wasn't sure with the barrel. I never did any customization of any of my rifles so I decided to get my feet wet.
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Re: Barrel and bolt fluting question

I would advise not wasting your money.

Odds are good that it will change how it shoots. The barrel will become more flexible after it's fluted so the harmonics will change.

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Re: Barrel and bolt fluting question

I would not touch that barrel. You may change the harmonics, add stress points and all sorts of sacreligious stuff to a fine shooting tube. Carve on the stock if you want to add some artsy highlights.

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Re: Barrel and bolt fluting question

stock is a new thumbhole. Nice feel to it and seems to help me stay steady. I won't touch the barrel. I don't know if it's break in for me or what but I seem to have alot of luck with these howas. This one is now topped with another Nikon and seems to be a great combo for me.
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Re: Barrel and bolt fluting question

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