Why is Fluting a Barrel Important?
Fluting a barrel will take weight out of the barrel because you are removing material from the barrel. So it is one way to save weight if you stay with the same contour barrel.
Fluting a barrel creates more surface area on the barrel. One important factor in barrel cooling is the surface area since it allows more heat to escape. Due to this fact, fluting a barrel will allow it to cool faster.
Fluting a barrel adds a unique look to the barrel and many of our customers love it. Some of them will add fluting to their barrel purely for the look of it.
Questions about Fluting
Do we have a minimum depth for fluting?
You can flute the barrels to deep. This in our opinion can cause harmonic/vibration issues which in turn can lead to accuracy issues. While browsing for you barrel, if you are unable to add fluting, that means the contour is to shallow.
Does fluting make the barrel stiffer?
The first question is, how are you measuring stiffness? In general, if you compare to identical contour barrels and flute one of them….the fluted barrel isn’t as stiff.