GUNSMITHING SERVICES: BOLT FLUTING
In 2010 LRI launched a Group Buy that ushered in a new chapter in how this work gets performed. In one month we fluted over 600 bolts!
Since that time we've fluted literally thousands of bolts covering a broad range of manufacturers.
Our service is performed using a state of the art 4 axis cnc mill so that we can offer the very popular helical patterns as well.
What is bolt fluting and why do it?
Bolt fluting is a cosmetic upgrade. About like a fresh set of nice alloy wheels on a car. The long-standing debate about its ability to "scrub" the raceways of foreign material is one that LRI doesn't involve itself with. Bolt fluting does offer some degree of weight reduction, although the gains are probably best described as trivial.
We have never seen any evidence that it creates a liability to the strength or durability of an action.
We treat it as a cosmetic alteration to add a little personality to your rifle. Nothing more.
AS OF 3.13.2018:
LRI DOES NOT FLUTE SAVAGE BOLTS.
IF YOU SEND US A SAVAGE BOLT IT WILL NOT BE FLUTED. WE WILL SEND IT BACK AND YOU WILL NOT BE REFUNDED.
THIS IS NON NEGOTIABLE.
This is a service we offer. You must send LRI your bolt in order to have this done. Simply select the pattern type you want, pay for the service as you normally would a product, print the receipt, and include it with your bolt when you mail it in. We'll perform the work in a few days, and mail it right back to you. Cerakote, polishing, glass bead blast, parkerizing, and our popular Tactical Bolt Knob upgrade is also available. Just include the services you'd like us to do in your shopping cart. Additional services outside of bolt fluting can add a little delay to the delivery time, but not much.
We've done thousands of these so you're in good hands!
3570 Mayer Ave Ste B
Sturgis, SD 57785
This service is limited to PUSH FEED actions only. If your Winchester action has a non-rotating, Mauser-style claw extractor, it cannot be fluted. This is because of the fixed, blade style ejector. It will not run over the flutes without binding the bolt during cycling.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Some push feed actions use a fixed, blade style ejector as well. These actions are also disqualified from fluting for the same reason. If your bolt face has a slot machined into it, LRI strongly advises that not have your bolt fluted.
Delivery: Please allow 2-8 days for rotation through the shop
We offer several distinct patterns available with 2 different cutter geometries.
Pattern "A" and Pattern "B":
Pattern "A" is a faceted shape resembling the splines on a car's axle or PTO shaft on a tractor. It has an industrial appearance that is very popular. The pair of 45* flanks leave a clean, but edge free finish where the flute meets the outer circumference of the bolt body. Doing so means no razor-like edges to tear up hands and fingers.
Pattern "B" is the more conventional radial profile typical on most fluted barrels. With a straight flute, this cutter style often leaves a razor edge, however with the spiral pattern sharp are avoided.
The difference between the two patterns is purely cosmetic. One does not "work better" than the other so the choice is purely personal.
LRI offers bolt fluting in 6 patterns:
- "High Helix"
- "Standard Helix"
- "Wrought Iron"
LRI has added "wrought Iron" to it's bolt/barrel fluting lineup. The pattern emulates the appearance of decorative iron work.
Pattern A High Helix:
Pattern A Standard Helix:
Pattern A Straight:
Pattern B High Helix:
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