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Posted: 1/4/2006 7:12:01 AM EDT

I'm working on an M16A4 clone rifle currently. I've got a NIB Colt 20" 1/7 HBAR I'd like to use for this project. Should I have it contoured to government profile, or have it fluted?

I understand that fluting reduces weight and allows heat to be distributed more quickly, but of course the gov profile barrel would be more accurate to the issued A4.

Should I maybe just buy an entirely different barrel or complete upper? I'm pretty low-speed when it comes to barrels.

I understand the new USAMU DMR has a fluted free floating HBAR, so part of me wants to lean in that direction as well.

Thanks in advance for any info.

Link Posted: 1/4/2006 8:39:43 AM EDT
what do you want?
Link Posted: 1/4/2006 9:07:08 AM EDT

I'd like to have the Colt barrel I already own fluted, because that is the most cost-effective solution. But, I don't know anything about aftermarket fluting, or the impact this will have on accuracy.

Link Posted: 1/4/2006 9:43:22 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/4/2006 9:45:18 AM EDT by Onslaught]

Originally Posted By AvengeR15:
I'd like to have the Colt barrel I already own fluted, because that is the most cost-effective solution. But, I don't know anything about aftermarket fluting, or the impact this will have on accuracy.



Cost effective fluting? From where?

It's been my experience (had a couple of each) that fluting doesn't really shave off much weight. It reduces some, but not a lot. I've also never had any effect (positive or negative) on accuracy of my rack grade chrome lined barrels.

Also be aware that there's a LOT of ground between fluted and government profile. You could have it turned to .700 or .750. It would be lighter than flutes but stiffer (and heavier) than Govt.

If it were mine, I'd go .700, and I'd have one of the board supporting dealers (ADCO, KKF, AR15barrels.com) do the work.

I used to be a BIG fan of fluted barrels, and I know you should never say never, but the way I feel about it now, (costs more than profiling, doesn't lighten as much) I will NEVER have another barrel fluted to save weight.
Link Posted: 1/4/2006 9:47:25 AM EDT
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