Floating vs. Bedding

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing Forum' started by Jesse17, May 28, 2011.

  1. Jesse17

    Jesse17 New Member

    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?
  2. Poink88

    Poink88 New Member

    My (novice) understanding is that you bed the receiver portion only but float the barrel...but I may be mistaken.

  3. RaySendero

    RaySendero Active Member

    "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.
  4. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Well-Known Member

    This is not a constant for every case but you usually get better accuracy by bedding the receiver & free floating the barrel. Just like the poster above said, free floating the barrel lets it vibrate the same way every time you fire it.

    Also free floating the barrel keeps the stock from putting pressure in case of warpage. It also makes it less picky about resting the forend on support such as when shooting off bench, bipod, or otherwise resting the rifle. I usually recommend bedding the action & free floating the barrel.

    In some cases the barrel will shoot better with upward pressure from the forend. You just have to experiment and see what your rifle prefers.
  5. Jesse17

    Jesse17 New Member

    I see now. I thought bedding referred to the whole stock/barrel, not just the action area. Now it makes sense. :)
  6. OzarkRecluse

    OzarkRecluse New Member

    I bed the receiver and about an 1" to 1.5" of the barrel.
  7. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

    There is also another method where the barrel is epoxied into a large aluminum block and the action floats in the stock and the barrel does as well. I have only seen this used on bench rest guns that have rather Large barrels. The one I seen up close was a 300 AI 300 Weatherby with the shoulder blowin out to 35* and boy does it wing a 220gr SMK down range.
  8. Jesse17

    Jesse17 New Member

    Like this one?

    Ah, I guess not this is kind of the opposite of what you're talking about, I think. But it reminded me of your post when I saw it.