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Old 11-16-2017, 07:02 PM
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I don't mean to open a can of worms here but I have a question.
I'm a lefty and I have found a left hand CZ 452 with a floated barrel in a gun store on line for $650.00

The claim is it has a floated barrel and scope rings. The picture that is posted looks very nice.

I can still purchase a new 452 left hand for around $ 430.00 NIB.
Of course I have no way to tell if it's a good shooter even with a floated barrel.
Any opinions out there?

Is the floated barrel really worth the $ 220.00
Just asking.
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Old 11-16-2017, 07:14 PM
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A floated barrel is simply a barrel with its barrel channel opened sufficiently that the barrel does not touch the stock for the full length of the barrel or perhaps up to a "pad" in the stock for an inch or so just ahead of the receiver. If you're not planning to install a significantly larger diameter barrel (e.g., going from an American contour to a Varmint contour), the barrel channel is easily opened a bit with an appropriate diameter deep socket wrapped with medium grit sandpaper. And that's IF the barrel is not already not touching the stock anywhere which is the case with most CZs anyway. So, if a free-floated barrel is the only alleged advantage, NO, it ain't worth $220 more IMHO.

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Old 11-16-2017, 07:16 PM
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The claim is it has a floated barrel and scope rings.

Is the floated barrel really worth the $ 220.00
Is something that you can do yourself, in 15 minutes, for free, worth $220?

Not to me........
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Old 11-16-2017, 07:18 PM
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The short answer is correct, but...

It seemed, by the nature of the OP's question, that he had no idea what a free-floated barrel is. Otherwise, how could he think it might be worth an extra $220. Given that, I thought a reasonable explanation of what it is and how you might have one, was appropriate.

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Old 11-16-2017, 08:03 PM
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Get the $400 gun....if the barrel isn't free floated, you can do it yourself, or upgrade to a Boyd's stock which will be free floated.
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Old 11-16-2017, 09:41 PM
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DBR, you are correct, I thought that there was more to a free floating barrel. Thanks for clearing that up.
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I've owned rifles that shot better floated and generally prefer to start there but I've got a couple of CZ rimfires that have the barrels fully touching the length of the forearm that shoot very well too. $220 is silly for that though.
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It may be possible that the floated barrel seller didn't tell the whole story. I'd ask to check to see if the rifle had a bedding job done. This might have included the resulting floating barrel job. I'd also check out the scope/ring combination. Some can be of high quality and pricey.
Not all shops selling guns are educated in target/accuracy modifications.
During my last FFL transfer . the owner had me admire his H&R single shot break open .223 with a huge BSA glass that touched the barrel. He was happy at the 3-4 inch groups at 100yds.
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The short answer is correct, but...

It seemed, by the nature of the OP's question, that he had no idea what a free-floated barrel is. Otherwise, how could he think it might be worth an extra $220. Given that, I thought a reasonable explanation of what it is and how you might have one, was appropriate.

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Good observation Doug, and good on you for explaining it for him.
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I would be hesitant to buy from that "Gun Store".
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I would stop in at that gun store often. Probably find a real good deal in there eventually!
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Beware a 'Floated barrel"or any other alterations from original. Almost all of which reduce, not enhance, value. A safe rule to follow is that if a barrel has been floated it was probably done in hopes of curing or correcting an accuracy problem. And if rifle is now for sale it likely indicates the "cure" didn't work.
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