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I am looking to get my 26" barrel (for my savage 10fp .308) fluted. I asked someone at a local gun store and they told me if I bought an unfluted barrel then had it fluted that the barrel would more often than not be ruined. Is this true, or can I send a barrel out to sharpshootersupply and get it fluted without worrying about ruining a barrel.
 

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It's Worked Before

My Uncle had the barrel of his Ruger .223 fluted, and threaded in Louisiana and they did and excellent job, it's worked out great, but it wasn't cheap. It might actually be cheaper to buy a fluted barrel and have it put on rather than pay to have one fluted and risk the chance of someone botching it. That's just my opinion, I hope it can help you!
 

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A good fluting job, done by a competent gunsmith cost around $225 give or take were I live. The cost for a Krieger barrel, cost around $700. But if you really don't need your barrel fluted it really isn't all that great. While it reduces weight and makes your barrel cool faster, with that 26 inch barrel you don't want to lose any rigidit. But, of course, thats just my opion.
 
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Hmm... the fluting was for more of a cosmetic reason and that it helps the barrel cool faster. However, another peice I was thinking of adding to my savage 10fp .308 was a muzzle break from sharpshooters supply (around 150). Would a muzzle break negate accuracy in anyway? I haven't read into muzzle breaks that much.
 

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A muzzle break dissperses the gas in different directions and is used to keep the muzzle from rising when rapid firing is requiered. In disspersing the gas it creates unequle pressure on the bullet just as it leaves the muzzle and in turn reduces accuracy. I don't understand what why you would put one on a sniper rifle except that you'd want less muzzle flash. Mele, corect me if I'm wrong.
 

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Well, you got just about all the details right. It depends a lot on the design of the muzzle brake itself. Some of them, especially if done by a pro, will not effect accuracy at all. With the traditional design of adding angled holes toward the end of the barrel, the gas is released through the holes and the bullet exits the muzzle normally, so it doesn't effect accuracy (in theory). Again, if its done poorly, it will kill accuracy.

The reason a sniper rifle will have one is if you are shooting a thumper like the .338 Lapua, you WILL want/need one.

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I've always been a bit curious about the Varmint / Sniper muzzle breaks and their possible effect on accuracy, as they vent the gas only to the sides, and not uniformly around the muzzle in 360 degreees. The idea is to prevent that nastly little dust plume from being kicked up every time you pull the trigger. I guess its the same theory as the brake on the 338 Lapua or .50 BMG, which seem to be directed only to the sides and not upwards or down towards the ground.

edited because my typing mostly stinks. :oops:
 

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Do yourself a favor save your money.
The fluting even if done right cools rapidly creating more mirage
than a non fluted barrel. (jmho)
You might want to consider it if you want to lessen the weight of a 10lb
barrel.
Save your $ just have it bead blasted.( they say its better for cooling)
 

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If you want a fluted barrel go to www.midway.com. They have for sale replacement barrels for Savage rifles of all calibers. You can swap the barrels out in like a grand total of five minutes. The barrels are made by Adams&Bennet and are supposed to equal the accuracy of the Savage factory barrel. And then you wouldn't have to worry about it being a botched job, and the barrels themselves are only like $150, and then you could put more money into the threading being done right.

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Uhrm... Midway makes games, Jake S.

I imagine that if a Company took your barrel to be fluted, and screwed it up, they would replace the thing entirely, seeing as doing anything else could cause some real legal problems.

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http://www.midwayusa.com/

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MidwayUSA :oops: , right. You know, after I typed that last one I started wondering if that was the right address. Guess it wasn't! Thanks for the correction :D


If it were either a well known company or a licensed factory shop, they would probably replace it. But if you make the mistake of just having a local gunsmith do it, I doubt that he would even tell you that he messed it up. So make sure it is a place with either a good reputation or some sort of insurance policy. But for a Savage I would still suggest a barrel ordered from MidwayUSA (thanks CM2k :) )

Jake
 
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