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  • In preparation for a possible bull elk hunt next year, I am eyeing a purchase of a rifle that has spiral fluting on the bolt. H

    In preparation for a possible bull elk hunt next year, I am eyeing a purchase of a rifle that has spiral fluting on the bolt. However, I am questioning whether or not dirt, mud, or snow will gradually roll down the fluted portion of the bolt and bleed into the chamber/receiver area and cause problems. Is it possible that this can occur or not? When it comes to prime time - I want no malfunctions. Thank you and best wishes, Randy Gray

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    Yes it can. Fluted bolt's are primarilly for bench shooting. Fluted bolt's do not help performance, it is just for looks. Personally I would not suggest buying it as a hunting gun.

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      If one isn't careful, debris could end up where you don't want it. I don't I'd be too concerned, though, as the Military has a specially made rifle for cold weather use, and it too has a spirally fluted bolt. Such fluting help prevents the bolt from freezing up in extreme cold.

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        I'm sure it could happen, but a non fluted bolt still has a space around it and it could happen there also. Look at a Weatherby's bolt it has fluting in it also I have never had a problem with mine, I have hunted in some nasty weather.

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