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Old 02-06-2006, 08:00 PM
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How much of the barrel should i bed ?

I got my rebarreled 22-250 sporter rem.700 back today.
I went w/a 26" douglas #4,1 in 12" twist ,the stock is a hs precision.
How much of the barrel would you guys recommend bedding?

I've read 1" ,2" ,'the length of the cartridge' ,it might be a personal preference thing but i'd like some opinions .

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Old 02-07-2006, 07:14 AM
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Re: How much of the barrel should i bed ?

Zero. None of it. Not needed. Waste of time. And epoxy under the barrel can cause accuracy problems.

Besides, if you rebarrel then you gotta hog it out and rebed.
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Re: How much of the barrel should i bed ?

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Re: How much of the barrel should i bed ?

For that barrel length I would agree that free floating is the best way to start. That is not an overly long barrel and the chambering is pretty low stress on a barrel so you should not have any barrel whip issues with a totally floated barrel.

One thing to remember with a properly accurized and machined barreled action. Anything that contacts the barrel will effect accuracy to some degree, as such we don;t want anything to interfear unless it is a nessesity.

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Re: How much of the barrel should i bed ?

BartB ,fmsniper , Fifty ,

I now real glad i asked !

One more thing ,my barrel is closer to the right side of the stock than the left.
Can i [should i] when bedding try to center it in the barrel channel ?

I've got 2 CZ's and both lay towards the right and i don't like that ,it's not touching but still bugs me.
It doesn't seem like it would cause any type of stress but i'm not 100% that when i torque it down it could.
I want the barrel in the middle if that won't cause a problem. Mike
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Re: How much of the barrel should i bed ?

I wouldn't alter the bedding to even up the barrel channel. Better to just even up the barrel channel by removing some material from the close side, and paint the whole thing black. This is a separate question, unrelated, correct?

Almost everyone will agree that it is best to at least start by free floating a 26" barel on a 700 action, heavy or light contour.

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Re: How much of the barrel should i bed ?

LB,

Yes it a separate question .

I'm thinking that when i skim bed the HS stock i could place something to center the barrel in the channel.
A little thicker bedding on the right side of the action.
The majority of guns i have -the barrel points toward the right side of the stock for whatever reason.
It wouldn't bother most people i guess but it does me.
I did hog out the right side of my CZ 221 fb and it shoots and looks fine.But my mentallity is i have a $370 stock ,blueprinted/squared action ,w/new barrel and it shouldn't be crooked enough to visably see it. Mike
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