Originally Posted by ctbreitwieser
Oh, I thought it made it worse
But what is it about floating it that makes it shoot better? Will Remingtons shoot better with a floated tang, or is it just Savages?
To clarify as much as I can. Floating of the tang on Savages has proven useful due to the location of the rear action screw as opposed to the Rem 700 & clones thereof.
Action with the Rem footprint have the rear action screw actually located in the tang. The Savage model rifle has the rear action screw located just in front of the trigger as opposed to behind it.
The Savage setup basically allows the Savage tang to "float" out in space. If the bedding at the tang isn't done correctly (think sllightly higher than the rest of the bedding) the tang can act as a lever, camming (for lack of a better term) on the action as the rear action screw is tightened.
This camming action has the ability to negatively affect accuracy & possibly bolt manipulation, trigger function etc (in severe cases).
With the Rem, it would be difficult if not impossible to float the tang as the rear action screw directly attaches to the tang. Any type of floating of the tang would remove any clamping force on the rear of the action & generally give the shooter a bad taste in the accuracy department.
Hope that helps some,