Fluting a Quad Varmint barrel

Discussion in 'Sako Rimfires and Small Action Rifles' started by pentzer, Feb 22, 2020.

  1. pentzer

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    Hi, I own a Sako Quad Varmint model in 17 HMR. I am wanting to get the barrel fluted and ceracoated. Has anyone had fluting done to a hammer forged barrel to know how it affects the accuracy of the barrel?

     

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    I was told by a custom rifle maker that you should not flute a barrel after a barrel has been completed. It might mess up the accuracy.
    He always flutes the barrel first.
     
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    I think that is probably good advice on a hammer forged barrel, There are many stresses in the metal from being hammered into shape. On custom barrels that are either cut or button rifled, they stress relieve the barrels. I am not sure that is done on a hammer forged barrel. Fluting the barrel may release the stresses and cause some metal movement and change the accuracy of the barrel.
     

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