Free floating extra long barrels
I have an interest in ordering a couple of very long barrels to try,
as a somewhat expensive experiment, one at 32 inches and
another at 37 inches.
These will be on long action Rem 700's. Now, the benefits of
free-floating a barrel is not in question, however, 37 inches definitely
puts considerably more downward static loading on the receiver.
The barrel can be ordered with the big end having no taper for the
first 3~8 inches (or whatever), then start the taper.
So here's my question: Is it prudent to include the non-tapered
barrel length portion in the bedding, and free float from there out ?