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Scratchammo 02-04-2012 01:07 PM

Anyone free float their stock 10/22?
Apologies if this has been brought up before. I'm about to get back into shooting my synthetic 10/22. I plan on removing the band & sanding the contact point of the stock from action to forearm. Any advice? Any reason not to do this? Thanks in advance.

Paladin201 02-04-2012 01:31 PM

I've got a friend who tried that and found the rifle lost accuracy. Apparently its designed for the band to be there. But that's just what I've been told. Don't know first hand.

cbibb 02-04-2012 01:54 PM

I have a 10/22 with out barrel band it was made that way shot good but since it is a single screw action removing material floating the barrel is ok but it still pivots on the bolt need to put a hard piece of rubber or something about 1/2 long just in front of screw in barrel channel not to thick 1/8 or thinner and when you tighten it down torque it down with and inch lbs wrench and shot for accuracy mine is 20in. lbs. and shoots very well with sk,wolf,eley ammo there is a kit sold to do this at midway usa in there 10/22 section and inexpensive good luck

Scratchammo 02-05-2012 01:20 AM

Well I'm considering getting a new stock so I'll see how well this one does. Hopefully I'll have tighter groups.

hardluk1 02-05-2012 03:57 PM

It can be trial and eror as to how it works. bedding the first 3 ince with the frnt of the reciver works for some . some guys bed the inter barrel. Some add a presure point to the tip of the stock along with the first 3" and front of the recieve. try that one first you can also sand clear and bed the rest. haveing your stock barrel recrowned and chamber shorted can help more or aid the bedding that works for you. My wifes rifle is a hogue stock and mid weight 16" clark ,NO bedding and shoots 3/8" at 50yards . Trial and error.

Go over to rimfirecentral and run some searchs fo what best currently.

neilage66 02-05-2012 06:08 PM

*Cheap and Easy Free Float*
With a wood stock and factory barrel:

-remove barrel band
-cut front of stock off (where the barrel band was) and sand smooth to taste
-place metal washer into stock over take down screw hole (clear fingernail polish works well to hold it in place)...this raises the barrel position in the stock slightly and gives a metal pedestal that the action will be tightened down onto
-lightly sand the barrel channel using a dowel and sandpaper until a dollar bill slides easily under the barrel back to the receiver with a little clearance
-if the action rocks (fore to aft) in the stock when you are done some friction tape under the rear of the receiver where it makes stock contact can work to stabilize it


-you'll need a wood saw
-metal washer
-fingernail polish (or glue or whatever)
-sand paper
-maybe friction tape (or a piece of leather or whatever)
-about an hour of your time

Small investment yields smaller groups!

JTJ 02-05-2012 06:57 PM

I have a Butler Creek synthetic stock with no band. It was pretty typical for accuracy. I sanded out some of the channel at the front of the stock. There is a post that contacts the barrel just in front of the action. I drilled and tapped the post for 1/4x20 and ran an Allen socket screw in to contact the barrel. I adjusted the pressure on the screw at the range. It does improve the accuracy when you tune it. The barrel does not contact the front of the stock. Boyds makes some interesting stocks for the 10-22. There is one called the Evolution that floats the barrel. It sell for $99+ shipping. If you are considering changing the stock, look at Boyds.

Scratchammo 02-06-2012 02:18 AM

Well I took a belt sander to it, it's not my best work but it looks pretty good. I'll have results soon.

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