Re: Bedding in front of the recoil lug?
Bedding a rifle changes the harmonics.
Bedding the first 1/2"Inch to an Inch is common as long as you remain on straight barrel tenon.
This helps support the barrel weight and sometimes is nessary for accuracy.
As I have said many times, Each rifle/barrel is different and sometimes a different approach
is nessary to get the best accuracy.
Something you may not have considered is the Load you were using may not be the best load for
the rifle in it,s bedded state.
It is not unsual to have to change the load after bedding, altho not very much.
If the rifle shot .4 before it should shoot better/More consistant now that its bedded.
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