Originally Posted by Forester
I have a varmint gun project coming together and it looks like the barrel is going to be a straight contour 26" McGowen. The action is a Savage Short Action.
I have bedded a dozen or so Savage actions and gotten pretty comfortable with them but in the past the barrels were not so heavy and I just free-floated them all the way back to the recoil lug. This barrel seems like an awful lot of weight to leave hanging out there. Should I bed up the barrel channel some ways to help support it? Or is this a problem at all?
I would bed about the first inch at the same time your bedding the action.
And then shoot it and see how it shoots .(Some people float the barrel and then add the
bedding under the barrel if it doesen't shoot) ,I find it easer to do first and remove later if
it doesent work and this saves the bedding job.
Most actions are strong enough to support a barrel 26" long but stock strength can/may be an
issue (Sporter Type) .
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