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 fluted vs non-fluted barrels?
seeyouinvalhalla  [Member]
8/3/2007 10:13:58 AM
I did a search and didn't come up with anything here. I googled it and for every person who said fluting was a good thing, I'd find another who said it was nothing more than a marketing or esthetic thing. So..is fluting a good or bad thing for a precision/tactical rig? say a Remington 700 with a 26" barrel, everything else the same, one fluted and one not fluted, both heavy barreled, what would the difference be other than the fluted being a touch lighter?
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Lawman734  [Team Member]
8/3/2007 10:30:28 AM

Originally Posted By seeyouinvalhalla:
I did a search and didn't come up with anything here. I googled it and for every person who said fluting was a good thing, I'd find another who said it was nothing more than a marketing or esthetic thing.
So..is fluting a good or bad thing for a precision/tactical rig?

Doesn't matter one way or the other, except for a minor weight savings....

say a Remington 700 with a 26" barrel, everything else the same, one fluted and one not fluted, both heavy barreled, what would the difference be other than the fluted being a touch lighter?

The often quoted sayings that a barrel is stronger after fluting, or that cooling is better are a farce. A fluted barrel is stronger than a non fluted barrel of a similar weight, which means that it's stronger than a smaller profile barrel (duh) and beadblasting the surface of your barrel will do more for heat dissipation than fluting.

So when it comes to precision rigs, fluting looks nice and I'll admit is a reason that I've done it before-but serves no useful function unless your shooting in matches where weight is a factor and you're trying to save it anywhere you can.




Boomholzer  [Member]
8/3/2007 6:29:18 PM

Originally Posted By hunt127588:
There is no more rigidity in a fluted barrel vs. a non-fluted for the same diameter barrel.


same bore, same OD, the non-fluted is more rigid.

BiggiBen  [Member]
8/3/2007 9:26:00 PM
Read this:

Fulton Armory: Comments about fluting
seeyouinvalhalla  [Member]
8/3/2007 11:02:08 PM
I am stuck between 2 rifles and can't make up my mind, here is the dilema

Remington 700P in my hands for $875
Pros=no J lock, so no need to change the shroud, solid heavy barrel

Remington 700VSF in my hands for $910
Pros=really silky jeweled bolt that feels soooo good, fluted barrel good or bad, ugly tan stock that would need painting.

either gun would get a better trigger no doubt, either gun will also get a Seekins 20moa base and rings with probably a 6.5-20x44 Nikon mildot scope

Precision Gods, help me decide!!!!!!!!!!!!

Maybe it's time for a vote/poll???
Boomholzer  [Member]
8/3/2007 11:12:55 PM

Originally Posted By seeyouinvalhalla:
I am stuck between 2 rifles and can't make up my mind, here is the dilema

Remington 700P in my hands for $875
Pros=no J lock, so no need to change the shroud, solid heavy barrel

Remington 700VSF in my hands for $910
Pros=really silky jeweled bolt that feels soooo good, fluted barrel good or bad, ugly tan stock that would need painting.

either gun would get a better trigger no doubt, either gun will also get a Seekins 20moa base and rings with probably a 6.5-20x44 Nikon mildot scope

Precision Gods, help me decide!!!!!!!!!!!!

Maybe it's time for a vote/poll???


no God here but:

Action, barrel (bore and contour) are same.
700P has better resale, so does it's stock. Personally, I like the VS swell better.

IMO you don't need to invest in a aftermarket trigger. A 700 trigger set up correctly feels as good as my Shilen.

The jeweling does nothing for me as far as feel.

I dislike flutes, especially on a barrel of that profile.

I'd go 700P, if it was the older 24" barrel lenth model, it be a no-brainer.
Tactical_T  [Team Member]
8/4/2007 12:28:41 AM

Originally Posted By Boomholzer:

Originally Posted By hunt127588:
There is no more rigidity in a fluted barrel vs. a non-fluted for the same diameter barrel.


same bore, same OD, the non-fluted is more rigid.



+1......any time you take away metal from a barrel, strength is reduced.
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