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OKay from what i gather and dont fully understand its BAD to free float a 10/22

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I have 2 factory stocks at the ed of the stock (last inch or better) it makes clear contact. There is even a red line drawn down the center of the stock very faint but its there.

I know the barrels are the heavy piece on the weapon but i picked up a lot by floating a Nagant Sniper. Will it damage the receiver..? Curious bored and was just going to do it until i Google it and everyone was like Noooooo
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I have my 20" bull barrel fully free floated and have found it definitely shoots best this way. I've tried supporting the first few inches, full stock contact and a forward pressure pad and none of those methods shot as well as it does free floated. So far I haven't had any issues but I do think it's worth noting that I am using a KIDD receiver though...

 

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The thinking when I was in college was that Ruger 10/22s were not sturdy enough to carry a heavy free floated barrel. We were taught to full length bed them. As time has passed, I have seen many of them free floated without any evidence of trouble, aside from tipping issues when not bedding the action, and that's easily cured.

Personally, I like the security that full length bedding offers and with modern rigid laminated stocks I doubt there is really much (If any) accuracy difference between bedded and floated. But most folks around here seem to prefer floated barrels.
 
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