My question has to do with floating barrels. As I understand it, the reason for floating a barrel is to eliminate contact with the stock so the harmonics of a vibrating barrel will be consistant shot after shot. This leads to my question: If a military shooting sling is used correctly, it is adjusted very tightly so that tension exists between the forestock and bicep, stabilizing the shooting platform. However, my observation has been that this bends the forestock, especially with a synthetic stock, and puts it into contact with the barrel on the side opposite the sling; in other words, the sling bends the forestock, thereby "unfloating" the floating barrel. Does this not affect accuracy by bringing the stock into contact with the barrel assymetrically? Worse yet, in a barrel that is not floated, couldn't a tight sling bend a barrel, albeit temporarily? I'd appreciate your thoughts and comments on this, as I've been pondering this for quite some time. Thank you!