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Old 11-22-2008, 02:52 PM
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so ive been fighting consistency issues since I got this rifle last january. the only time it was really, really consistent was that time i shot in a climate controlled indoor range and that yeilded my 8 ball and 13mm targets. i have since struggled (outdoors) to make sawdust, even though the rifle shoots really small groups on a regular basis. well, problem solved. i used to think it was the ammo, i was getting inconsistent lots. i decided floating the barrel from the lug forward couldnt hurt. turns out the stock was pushing up on the barrel pretty hard. ill post pics tonight when i get home, but ive gotta a couple targets to measure. i shot 25y, 35y and 50y. the flyers arent near as pronounced now even at 50 with fed 711b. i put 2 boxes of SK match through it and didnt have a single flyer. its like night and day in terms of consistency. im so excited.

mschatterbox's targets with her little american were badass as well. we'll post pics when we get home.

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Old 11-22-2008, 10:36 PM
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this is from 50y, shooting with my rv9 on 3x. it was a tiny little silhouette when looking through the scope. this was with SK match.



this is federal 711b at 50. the top right target is a fouler. this is about how it used to shoot 711b at 25y.

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Old 01-12-2009, 03:46 PM
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How can you tell if the stock is pushing against the barrel?
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Old 01-12-2009, 05:34 PM
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How can you tell if the stock is pushing against the barrel?
Clem may have another method, but I try running a business card between the barrel and stock. If it won't go, then I usually sand the barrel channel enough that I can slip 2 business cards thickness between the barrel and stock.

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Old 01-12-2009, 05:56 PM
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Wow, I never knew there should be that much clearance. I'm sure my 121 is tighter than that. Is that for the entire length of the barrel? On mine, there is a screw that goes through the forend and threaded into the bottom of the barrel.
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Old 01-12-2009, 06:07 PM
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Wow, I never knew there should be that much clearance. I'm sure my 121 is tighter than that. Is that for the entire length of the barrel? On mine, there is a screw that goes through the forend and threaded into the bottom of the barrel.
I've done one business card thickness before, but if I bumped the bottom of the stock I would hear it slap the barrel. Two business card thickness seems to work better for me.

On the CZ 452 Varmint .22lr I had, there was a barrel lug also. I free-floated it forward the lug and bedded from the lug back to the receiver. It helped the accuracy.

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Old 01-13-2009, 04:53 PM
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Clem-E,

Where did you get that little silhouette?
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Old 01-14-2009, 12:57 PM
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i printed it from online somewhere, i cant remember. i think i googled targets and just looked through stuff.
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Old 01-14-2009, 04:50 PM
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I've done one business card thickness before, but if I bumped the bottom of the stock I would hear it slap the barrel. Two business card thickness seems to work better for me.
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I like enouhg room under there, so there is no doubt. You can never over-float one. Well, you can to the point it looks ugly, but for accuracy purposes, I do the 2 business card deal too. Sometimes one it not enough.
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Thanks for the tip guys. I'll have to check mine to see how tight the clearance is on it.
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I just checked mine and the stock actually touches the barrel on the right side . Good news though, once I looked at it, I noticed the screw doesn't go in the bottom of the barrel, it goes into the receiver. The only thing touching the barrel is the sights and the stock (for now). I started my own thread about floating my barrel so this one doesn't get too far away from Clem-E.
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Old 01-15-2009, 11:44 PM
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No problem bro. As far as 121s go ive got one and im not sure it would help it.
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No problem bro. As far as 121s go ive got one and im not sure it would help it.
Why's that?
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Old 01-17-2009, 02:06 PM
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Clem....

My 453 Varmint came well floated, the 452 Trainer needed a little help...

What I don't understand is, if floating the barrel helps accuracy so much, how come the Full Stocks are every bit as accurate......
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Old 01-19-2009, 12:49 AM
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I had a mossberg 144LS that liked pressure on the barrel as well. im just saying it helped the consistency of my varmint.
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