Barrel fluting

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by scottstops, Jul 25, 2013.

  1. scottstops

    scottstops New Member

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    Hi guys I have recently purchased a tikka super varmint in the 25-06 caliber now recently new to firearms since buying it I have found it a little heavy now I was thinking of getting the barrel fluted to reduce some weight now my question is a: will it have much effect and b: are there any other things I can do to cut down the weight
     
  2. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    Barrel flutes will only take a few ounces of weight off the rifle,and will surely void all of the warranty on your new rifle.
    Varmint rifles are supposed to be heavy,if you want a lighter rifle,you will need to buy a sporter weight barreled rifle.
    One thing that will help you is a nice quality hunting sling for your rifle. Every rifle that I hunt with anymore has a heavy barrel on it,and I've never had any problems taking them out in the field hunting.
     

  3. gunnut07

    gunnut07 New Member

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    Fluting a barrel will destroy it unless done just right. It should be done before heat treating. Cutting metal from a barrel will 1, change the harmonics of it. 2. introduce a lot of heat and heat causes stress.

    If you want a lighter barrel you can have it rebarreled with a barrel with a smaller taper. Varmint rifles are made with heavy barrels to withstand firing a lot of rounds in a day.

    I totally agree with THB get you a good high quality sling with padding.

    I have one of these that I move from rifle to rifle. I love it. http://www.timberbutteoutdoors.com/photogallery.html
     
  4. hardluk1

    hardluk1 Active Member

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    Leave your rifle alone or sell it and buy a skinny barreled version. Fluting is more a selling gimmick than practical as much as anything. A barrel gets hot and cools and with flutes does so at different levels depending on the thickness of the metal. Money wasted after the fact.

    If your rifle is so darn heavy by a Bonnie Packers Safari Sli9ng to help you hump it around. My hunting rifle is a 10lb 8oz custom and carries mostly hands free in front of me at the ready in that sling.
     
  5. chloeshooter

    chloeshooter New Member

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    less weight = more felt recoil

    fluted barrel are for show IMHO
     
  6. DrumJunkie

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    It's been said over and over but ..Don't do it. Get another barrel, get another gun, get a good sling (no matter what you do they come in handy)
     
  7. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    Fluting does reduce weight while retaining rigidity and aids in cooling. However it shouldnt really be done afterthe fact on a factory barrel. You need someone like krieger who knows what they are doing to do it and it needs to be done to a barrel of proper quality to see any benefit.

    As others have said dont do it. If you want a fluted barrel call krieger barrels in wisconsin and discuss with them getting a quality barrel on your action.
     
  8. duddie10

    duddie10 New Member

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    My 17hmr has a fluted barrel. Not much more recoil. ;-)
     
  9. hardluk1

    hardluk1 Active Member

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    duddie10 funny !!