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    Quote Originally Posted by Butch Lambert View Post
    You sell the sizzle, not the steak!
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    G'Day Fella's,

    From my experience with bolt (or barrel) fluting, here's my "Two Bob's" worth.
    You can have two types Straight and Helical.
    The reason for Helical flutes, on a bolt body over the Straight version, has more to do with reliable ammunition feeding than any thing.
    On a bolt with Straight flutes, the ammo in the magazine can engage with the flute on the underside (at 6 O'Clock), of the bolt body, and can cause difficulting in bolt rotation. This is not an issue with Helical bolt body flutes.
    This can be addressed, by having a intermitent/interupted straight flute, on the underside of a bolt body.

    The other thing to consider is weight.
    Given this, "the shortest distance between two points, is a straight line".
    When Helical flutes are cut, this intails taking a longer path/distance and thus, removes slightly more material and weight, from the bolt/barrel, than with Straight flutes.

    Appearance seems to be another reason, for bolt/barrel fluting.

    In my esperience, if you want a ultralight rifle, for extreme mountain hunting (like Tahr Hunting in New Zealand's, Southerm Alps), you will appreciate removing every ounce/gram you can, from your kit (back pack (and it's contents) Rifle, scope base, scope, etc).

    Hope that helps

    D'h!
    Homer


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