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· The Troll Whisperer (Moderator)
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Two of my hunting rifles have fluted barrels - one a regular chromemoly and one a stainless. When benchrest shooting here the ambient temps are already fairly high, so it doesn't take long to heat a barrel up. I can notice a distinct difference in barrel temps when firing equal numbers of rounds through them and placing my tender hand on them to check. Fluting does help in heat dissipation.

Wanting as long of barrels as possible and with heavy sporter contours, the flutes were basically desired to reduce some of the weight and for balance. Each tube is 26" in length for max velocity gain - one chambered in 6.5x.257 Ack Imp, and the other in 6.5-06. The fluting has accomplished what it is for and I'm very happy with the results.

BTW, the chromemoly is a David Van Horn barrel and the stainless is a Shilen.
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