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Jim Engen 01-09-2010 06:16 PM

Hi everyone,
I have some questions about glass bedding. I've done alot of research but still have a couple of questions. I'll just start with the first question and go from there. I'm building a stock from scratch for my S&W 1500 .270. The original stock has a support for the barrel at the forend tip. I'm planning on free floating the barrel. Would there be pressure on the barrel from just the weight of it making it shoot low. Might be a dumb quetion but just trying to cover everything. All the talk about accuracy and no pressure points and all.

Thanks in advance for any help,

stalkingbear 01-09-2010 06:52 PM

The support from the barrel is for accuracy-not weight. See-some manufacturers have pressure points in sporter weight barrels to make the harmonics uniform when the bullet travels down the bore. As the bullet travels down the bore, the barrel oscillates and whips due to vibrations the bullet causes. Having a pressure point in the forend pushes up on the barrel slightly and tends to dampen the vibrations in a uniform way, and is quicker/cheaper to manufacture than free floating the barrel. What I would recommend is to free float the barrel and upon testing for accuracy, if it don't group as it should will be easy to add a pressure point in the forend then if needed. Be sure to glass bed a couple inches of barrel just ahead of the action for good support. Hope this helped?

Jim Engen 01-09-2010 07:21 PM

Thanks stalkingbear, I never knew that. Good idea. I think thats what i'll do.

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