Originally Posted by mtelkhntr78
I will give it a try. What steps do you take to make sure that the barrell/stock have no play? If it does have some play how will it affect the gun and will it make it worse than before it was bedded?
Thanks for the help?
I have to assume you floated the barrel. If you didn't then I don't really know how you'll inspect this. I've never bedded/built a rifle that didn't have a fully floated barrel.
Your question regarding play and its forecasted effects on accuracy? Take ALL of this with a grain of salt bud. Seriously. The end proof is how the thing shoots, period. There are a number of guns in circulation today that defy all logic. That is on both ends of the spectrum.
There's a woman in the smallbore community named Tammy Forrester who has an Anschutz rifle with a nice fat bulge in the middle of the barrel. It literally jumps from 22 to 25 caliber. She had a squib load and didn't catch it before slamming another one right behind it. You would never know it by the way the thing shoots. It's a hammer and she was a serious force to be reckoned with. I've not talked to her in a very long time so I don't know if she still shoots or not. Very nice person.
David K, a good personal friend of mine paid a very well known/respected gun maker out on the east coast over $3000 bucks to have a palma rifle built back in 2001/2002. On a good day this gun would hold 3 minutes of angle at 300 yards. It was AWFUL. He brought it to me (this is how we became friends) and I literally had to tear it completely apart and replace almost everything in it. In the end it shot fine, so well in fact that it produced some serious head scratching at the test shed in Quantico, VA.
The crappy part of this deal was it had really good parts in it when it was initially built and from all outward appearances it was built right. I'm still not certain exactly what it was that caused the problem. Going from a 3MOA rifle to a 1/4-1/3rd MOA rifle is a pretty significant jump though.
You just never know till you go and wring it out on a piece of paper.