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I picked up my rifle from the smith a week ago with some displeasure. Its a .223 with a trued action and a fluted barrel. My first problem is with the flutes, they appear to have been cut with a very dull bit. Almost like they have been tore out instead of cut out. The second problem is with the truing of the action, how can I tell if its been done correctly or even at all. The bolt lugs seem to kinda wear the same but I cant tell yet. My last problem is with the follower, it drags against the bolt as it opens and closes. It done this from the factory and I asked him to fix it. How can I fix the flutes? What kind of follower can I change it to? It is shooting 2" groups at 100yds with factory ammo(I have not worked up a load for it yet). I am not going to take it back to him because it took a act of congress to get it back in the first place. I am done with him.
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You can paint the flutes and it really makes a barrel look good provided you have a matching stock.I did some flutes from white to light blue to dark blue and the affect was very good.
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Lynn- Got any pictures? Would be interested in seeing what that looks like. What kind of paint? Latex??
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The only way to tell if it has been trued is to pull it apart and check it with gauges..
I like to paint the flutes with Black paint and then polish the barrel and leave the flutes Black..
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Is there anyone doing spiral flutes ?
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Check the runout on your cases to see if the chamber is round. Check your primers to see if the firing pin is centered (or close). Put some Sharpie ink on the bearing surfaces of your bolt lugs and work the bolt handle up and down a few times while pulling rearward to see if the lugs are bearing evenly. In the end, put some match loads through it and see if you can get .5 MOA or so.
Sorry you had a poor experience.
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I've tried to post a picture but it keeps saying the picture exceeds the size limit. I have reduced the camera down to 3.2megs but its still too large.
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What do you expect? Fluting a barrel may change the performance of that barrel and fluting is purported to change the stress within the barrel. I'm willing to bet that if you asked on any forum it would have been suggested that you do no expend the money on fluting. And don't go back to that smith.