Barrel knox bedding

therifleman556

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When you bed a rifle, do you bed the cylindrical portion of the barrel? Or is the barrel completely free floated? Have you tried both? Which one generally works better?

I typically bed the knox but I really don't know why.
 

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556, many bed just the lug and many bed beyond. A personal preference for most. A friend beds beyond and removes bedding back to tune barrels. Good luck
 

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It's also known as the barrel shank. I generally bed a small portion (1/2" or a little more) depending on the barrel length and weight to help support the weight for the action.

But I don't recommend bedding the shank beyond the straight part, Because it can push on the action when it heats up and change the POI.

Some Bed about 1" of the straight shank and remove it a little at a time. this is time consuming and the results will vary, so I have found that deciding on the shank bedding length is best done up front and you will get good results without trial and error. be sure and locate the point where the shank diameter changes and stay away from it with bedding.

Bedding a small portion of the barrel shank helps in my opinion and if done right and free float is good beyond, it helps support the action better.

Just my opinion

J E CUSTOM
 

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I have always bedded the barrel nut only on my Savages. Than I come back and Dremel out the nut ridges. Barrel is 100% floated.

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I have one Remington project, a future project, in which I'm
planning at the moment to have the straight portion barrel shank to be about 10~11 inches long at 1.350" diameter.
Would there be no binding of the bedding for this whole
length, since it's a constant diameter ?
The barrel length will end up around 40".
 

Canhunter35

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I have one Remington project, a future project, in which I'm
planning at the moment to have the straight portion barrel shank to be about 10~11 inches long at 1.350" diameter.
Would there be no binding of the bedding for this whole
length, since it's a constant diameter ?
The barrel length will end up around 40".
I’m not a gun smith but I wouldn’t bed that much. I would think your stock would definitely influence your poi with that much contact
 

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I have one Remington project, a future project, in which I'm
planning at the moment to have the straight portion barrel shank to be about 10~11 inches long at 1.350" diameter.
Would there be no binding of the bedding for this whole
length, since it's a constant diameter ?
The barrel length will end up around 40".

Some bench rest shooters like to bed the barrel shank,and float the action and the remaining barrel.

This works very well, but they actually bed the barrel to the stock or use a threaded sleeve in this area and bed it with screws going through the stock to hold the sleeve to the bedding. this makes the barrel harmonics and torque better because the effective floated barrel length is much shorter and it acts like a much shorter barrel reducing the whipping and torquing.

With the action floated also, it acts like a breach plug and has very little if any effect on the rifles accuracy.

This is a very good method for very long barrels, but it is difficult to build this way and should only be done by a smith that understands the purpose of doing it this way.

If you go the conventional way, I don't see why it would effect the accuracy as long as the shank was turned to a true diameter all the way, and a stress free bedding was done at one time. I have personally never tried to bed that much, but I have bedded up to 3" of shank on the real heavy and long barrels with great results.

Remember that If there is any taper in contact with the bedding, you are done when the barrel heats up and starts to grow.

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I have to say, I find it very hard to believe that a small
piece of wood could bend a 1.350" bar of steel.
 

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There are several culprits, vibration and pressure. Both these can and do affect POI. The idea is to avoid and minimize the possible affects.

Free floating avoids pressure, especially due to heating and cooling. I.e. stringing.

Vibration, and/or barrel whip, is unpredictable. It is better to not have to contend with it. I.e. flyers.

In a perfect world nothing changes, everything is the same shot to shot.

The machine shooters are trying to avoid outside influences by clamping the barrel and eliminating both. More difficult in a conventional rifle. We therefore bed the action and depend on the barrel acting the same shot to shot.

Larry
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I have to say, I find it very hard to believe that a small
piece of wood could bend a 1.350" bar of steel.
It is hard to believe, but it's true. The thing about it is that it doesn't take much deflection to have the barrel pointing slightly somewhere else on the rifle system.
 
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