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??
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.
When you are up to your butt in alligators, it is hard to remember your intent was to drain the swamp. Stay focused!
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".
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.