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Old 02-25-2017, 08:26 PM
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Curious how many float there barrels and how many don't.
You can just post float or no float (with comments if you like).

My Ruger 10/22 does not like to be floated.
My CZ 455 likes to be floated but the group size between float and no float are extremely close.
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Old 02-25-2017, 09:00 PM
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Float - I've never seen a rifle that did not improve when the barrel was floated.
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Old 02-25-2017, 09:05 PM
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Always make sure mine are free floating, never have I experienced an improvement using the old card trick.
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Old 02-25-2017, 09:22 PM
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I float my barrels, this allows for easier placement of a pressure pad if required. Floating has always helped for me.
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I haven't changed any of mine from stock. Winchester 52, not floated. 10/22, floated, CZ 455 Varmint floated. Win 1885 kinda floated, I gather.

I am very happy with all of them. I shoot the 1885 offhand only, and have yet to get an MOA sized group for that, but all the others are quite capable of it.
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Old 02-25-2017, 11:02 PM
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Curious how many float there barrels and how many don't.
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I think It depends on the barrel contour and the stiffness of the action.

I.E. Anschutz supermatches are floated from the factory with a little metal bar embedded in the stock beneath the action. The barrel is thick as a truck axel, and on the ones I've shot tapered. You can switch them between stocks without affecting the zero.

Remington 40x standard barrels have bedding screws installed in the forearm. When I've floated them they shot worse.

The accuracy trick with the Remington 37 was a 3 dimensional tuner embedded in the forearm. I'm not sure what it did but probably it had multiple functions.

Most centerfire rifles with a medium Palma or varmint barrel contour shoot better floated. If it's a hunting rifle it probably doesn't make any difference because the barrel is a light contour and it will heat up and scatter the group anyway unless you let it cool between shots.

With AR's floating them involves installing a tube around the barrel that takes the sling pressure off the barrel so you're not bending it.

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Old 02-25-2017, 11:51 PM
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I've never bothered with floating or bedding, but I'm a luddite, so . . .

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Old 02-26-2017, 12:03 AM
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If floating isn't all I want it to be I move on to inner tube pressure pads while working on my barrel harmonics doctorate.
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I've always floated the barrels on my 10-22s. Accuracy seems to improve. It doesn't take a lot of effort and allows you to put a pressure pad if you want to add it later.
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I tried floating my barrels. They all sank.
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I float most of barrel. Bed action and about 2-3 inches of barrel.
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It depends on the way the gun shoots, if its not broke don't fix it

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Float - I've never seen a rifle that did not improve when the barrel was floated.
never seen barrel floating improve any Remington 510 , 511 , 512 , 513 , + 521 - have tried many + in all cases accuracy was degraded - full floating only helps if action is fully supported in stock by at least two action screws + barrel firmly threaded into receiver -

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If floating isn't all I want it to be I move on to inner tube pressure pads while working on my barrel harmonics doctorate.
Yup. I try free floating first. If that doesn't work, I try some type of pressure point. I currently have two guns that shoot best free floated....on some days. Other days, they like some pressure under the barrel. One is an Anschutz 1710. If it is not shooting up to snuff, I slip a small shim under the end of the barrel. The other is a Winchester 52D that can't make up it's mind whether it wants to be free floated or have some up pressure with the barrel bedding screws....depends. Both guns are pillar bedded.

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I tried floating my barrels. They all sank.
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