I'm sure this information may be posted elsewhere but I cannot seem to find it without an extensive search. I'm looking for information on comparisons between a full fluted barrel and a lightwieght (as in Bushmaster Superlight profile) profile. I have a RRA Mid-length upper that I am going to either have turned to a super-light profile, or full fluted (under the guards and in front of the FSB). I guess there are three specific issues here:
1) Weight: I suspect the fluted may be somewhat heavier. Any information on how much heavier?
2) Heating: The superlight will likely heat up quicker, as the Fluted has more surface area to assist heat dispersal. Any comments?
3) Rigidity: The fluted should prove somewhat less prone to POI shift with either extended shooting? Comments?
It looks like a trade off: Opt for a heavier fluted and get better heat dispersal and rigidity, or go lite and deal with less rigidity and more heating.
Hint: It's currently an active topic in the Rifles & Uppers forum - its also available at www.MD-AR15.com and www.Bushmaster.com...
(Weight of 16" barrel with front sight base, but lacking barrel nut which is 2.5oz)
Fluted HBAR: 34.8oz
Unless you're doing real precions shooting (measured in the 1/2 moa or less) or are firing full auto the 'heating issue' is a non-issue.
See previous comment.