I am replacing the stock on my pre-’64 Winchester Model 70 30-06. I bought a wood laminate stock that required a little in-letting and fitting and I want to bed it to make sure it has a solid fit. I have done a bunch of research on the process. I am not sure what to do about the barrel lug (if that is what it’s called). As you can see from the photo, there is a band around the barrel with a screw fitting that helps secure the barrel to the stock. If this was any other rifle, I would bed the receiver and free-float the entire barrel. My current thought is to bed everything from the receiver to the barrel band and let it free-float the rest of the way. That’s how it sat on the previous stock. But then my question is, should I put any pressure on that screw or should I let the barrel find its natural position within the bedding material? I could then screw it down after the bedding material cured. Another option would be to simply create an island of bedding material for that barrel band and let the rest of the barrel float. That still raises the question of screw tension. And yet another option would be to ignore the band, ignore the screw and let the entire barrel free-float. I’m sure the gun won’t fall apart if I leave out that screw. Since this is my first attempt at doing something like this, I thought I would get some other opinions. I’ve done a lot searching on the net, but couldn’t find much info. I hope someone here has done this before on a Model 70.