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    Cutting into fluted barrels

    Putting together a 284 at 18" and am looking for advice on which way to go with the barrel.
    I would like a fluted barrel but have read different opinions on if this should be done if not already done from factory. I have also read that it is not good practice to cut back into flutes when shortening a barrel.
    I have seen a lot of both done but are there any gunsmiths on here that would like to advise on best way forward?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hunterdave View Post
    Putting together a 284 at 18" and am looking for advice on which way to go with the barrel.
    I would like a fluted barrel but have read different opinions on if this should be done if not already done from factory. I have also read that it is not good practice to cut back into flutes when shortening a barrel.
    I have seen a lot of both done but are there any gunsmiths on here that would like to advise on best way forward?
    cheers
    I'm no gun Smith but owned a million guns and I've had it done with no problem

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    @Friwi will enlighten you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buzzman View Post
    I'm no gun Smith but owned a million guns and I've had it done with no problem

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    Ha....and that's just this year

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    The only danger is chipping when turning through a fluted barrel which usually occurs when its rushed, alternately cut it off a bit longer yourself with a grinder, and ask to have it recrowned to 18 inches

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    The cheaper option is to cut down a factory fluted barrel but unsure if this is a good idea, have read that the 2 ends support the fluted middle section

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    If you don't already have the barrel/gun, then don't bother with the fluting and go for the bbl length you want. The weight saving from fluting on an 18in bbl would be minimal. Just put 2 rounds in the mag instead of 3.

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    I won't chop my fluted 284 because I need to maintain a performance edge over a 708 Tikka

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    My 260 Originally had a 22inch barrel fluted I chopped it to 18 it’s fine just looks a little silly with no ending to the flutes
    When the can is on you can’t see it and when the can isn’t on its in the safe so who gives a shit
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    Quote Originally Posted by chainsaw View Post
    If you don't already have the barrel/gun, then don't bother with the fluting and go for the bbl length you want. The weight saving from fluting on an 18in bbl would be minimal. Just put 2 rounds in the mag instead of 3.
    Yea thats what im thinking

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    We never had any issue with shortening a fluted barrel and threading over the " valley".

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    My Tikka T3x in .308 is the Superlite model that comes with a 20" fluted barrel. Darren at DPT Shortened it to 16" and threaded it for his suppressor. Still shoots 3/4"-1" at 100yds. Also 3"-31/2" at 3oo with 125 Accubonds so hasn't affected accuracy at all. He does heaps of them so quite happy to go by his recommendation. Give him a call he's very helpful and obliging.

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    Barrel is a trueflite and is very slightly thicker than a factory t3 like just a touch
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