Originally Posted by Jesse17
What are the advantages of bedding vs. floating a barrel? Wouldn't bedding give one side of the barrel something to 'push' off of? Isn't that what you're trying to avoid by floating a barrel?
"Floating" is usually bedding the action and about 1" to 1.5" of the barrel in front of the action. It lets the barrel vibrate without any restricting pressure.
"Full length bedding" extends this all the way along the front forearm. It dampens the barrel vibrations.
I've got a pair 270s bedded both ways. Each will shoot 1/2" groups. The one freefloated, is not near as fussy about bullet selection as the one FLB!
PS: I have a 458 Win Mag that is free floated and I'm going to FLB it so as to make the action, barrel and stock more robust due to the heavy recoil.