Re: Barrel Bedding ??
I use the support under the first 1" or 2" of barrel bedding (rest of barrel is free floated) and have so for many, many rifles. The actions are fully bedded at the same time leaving action and stock stress free from the weight of the barrel.
I have had wonderful success and very stable results through all shooting conditions.
In fact, using this method, I have been able to support very heavy barrels without the use of a barrel block.
I do not like bedding the full length of the barrel in the forend and do not use any pressure bedding.
Reason is if the forend moves at all, it will dramatically affect the tuning and POI of the barrel.
You might get away with this type of bedding if using a composite stock. I wouldn't even use it in a lam stock as they will move a bit. It only takes a few thou of movement and you are way out to lunch.
As usual, opinions differ but this is the method for me.
[ 09-03-2004: Message edited by: Jerry Teo ]