Hi guys/gals, new to this forum. I have a winchester model 70 .243, year 1973. I want to try a few things to improve accuracy. Did the dollar trick on the barrel to see if it will slide between barrel and factory stock ( stock is wood).It won't. You can't even begin to slide it in. Is this normal on this rifle? All that i have read, suggests that the most guns may benefit from free floating the barrel. There is zero gap along the stock and barrel. What do you folks think? Any recommendations?
I'll give you my 2 cents worth here. If If I was to float the barrel, I would probably bed the action/ Recoil lug etc. Try to get all the shift out of it. Floating it might really help, It has on several of mine, But I also had it bedded as well.
It couldn't hurt to try. Just shim the barrel up by the recoil lug with some business cards or something. If it looks like it some improvement was gained then I would do it the proper way. If you decide to do it the right way and open up the barrel channel I would take the time to bed it.