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Old 01-08-2009, 10:21 PM
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Remington 700 Mountain Rifle

I just picked up a Remington 700 Mountain Rifle in a 270.The rifle has a wood stock and the barrel channel is factory grooved to maintain support nearly all the way to the end of the stock.My question is,should I leave it like that or free float it?The barrel is purty lightweight.
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Old 01-08-2009, 10:28 PM
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Re: Remington 700 Mountain Rifle

I would try it the way it is first so you have a comparison. A full action stress free bed and 100% free float is more than likely going to shoot better though.
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Old 01-08-2009, 11:59 PM
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Re: Remington 700 Mountain Rifle

The light whippy barrels many times shoot better with a bit of upward pressure about 1 inch back from the forearm tip. What has worked for me is to attach a fish scale to the front stud and adjust the forearm pressure to require 6 to 8 pounds of pull to allow a piece of thin paper to be released from between the bbl. and the pressure point.

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Old 01-09-2009, 09:36 AM
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Re: Remington 700 Mountain Rifle

I have an LSS from a few years ago that has a pretty light barrel on it. It had the front pad on the stock that put upward pressure on the barrel. I had the action pillar bedded, and free floated the barrel. It shoots about the same as far as overall accuracy. However, since the pad is gone, when I take the gun apart and then reassemble it, I don't have to rezero. With a barrel pad I found that small, but significant changes in the zero would occur, probably due to variable torque on the action screws. The other big change was the accuracy with a bipod. When I had the barrel pad on the stock, accuracy from a bipod was not good. It wasn't until I free floated the barrel that I was able to get good groups with a bipod, using essentially the same technique.

My advise, free float the barrel and bed the action. You can always add back in the pad with some bedding compound later on if needed.
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Old 01-22-2009, 12:46 PM
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Re: Remington 700 Mountain Rifle

Update.Well I decided to free float the barrel and bed the action.I topped her with a Bushnell Elite 3200 3x9x50,loaded up some 130gr Hornaday SP Interlocks with 55grs. of IMR-4350,she shot great with groups of 3/4" or less at a 100yds.Not too bad for a lightweight barrel and first time out.
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Good deal. Glad everything worked out and your happy.
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Old 01-22-2009, 08:52 PM
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Re: Remington 700 Mountain Rifle

hi all jumping in here looks like the right place. Got a 721/700 (kevin you might remember this one that pic I sent you the 2by4 cheek peace on it) well I did it to day droped it off at the gun smith! A good one up here in my neck of the woods. Having it recrowned,lugs laped,headspace adjusted and put safty back to the way it was bolt locked down when safty is on. I think I covered every thing or did I miss somthing? By the way I have all ready triger job, floated, bedded all the way up to sight ring on barrle. For all the advice above I my self dont like the idea of pressuse. Yes it will controll the barrle. But the more I thought about it it makes more sence. harmonic vibration in the barrle. So why not parshally bed barrle?
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