Rem 700 ADL .243 Stock/Floating help


March 24, 2009, 02:36 PM
Hello all!
I just registered today. I bought a Rem 700 ADL .243 and was given a Choate Ultimate Varmit stock for free NIB. I have a standard barrell .664 Ruffly at the muzzle. The Choate stock has a channel of 1 and 1/4 inches and when I dropped it in I have 3/16" clearance on either side of barrel and alot more than that underneth. Is this too much or is there such a thing as too much float of barrell? I love the feel of the stock, it is rock solid and would serve the purpose that I have the gun for, bench shooting and Varmit shooting from make shift bench. I unfortunately came home from overseas injured( Neck) and the lack of recoil suits me just fine. I have heard the more floated the better, is this true? Or is the barrell too small to be that foated? Will it vibrate too much? I figure the bullet would be long gone buy the time it flexes from the shot? I am good at catching a bullet but would rather be better at sending them accurately LOL!! I value your opinions and eagerly wait a reply and a few pic's below.
Thank You, Matt



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March 24, 2009, 04:42 PM
Matthewh68 , welcome to THR.
The important thing is to make sure the action is seated (bedded?) in the stock properly. You really cannot float a barrel too much. The gap around the barrel only affects the asthetics, not the function. The new stock was designed for a more robust barrel to fill the gap but should shoot ok as is. Floating a barrel allows it to establish it's own harmonics with each load.
Only one way to find out.
Give us a range report when you shoot it.

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S. Hill
March 24, 2009, 07:45 PM
If you think that there is an advantage to closing the gap between the stock and barrel, you can easily fill the barrel channel with Acraglas or some other epoxy. Closing the gap would keep sticks, dirt, and small children out of the inletting.

Brownell’s sells super wide electrical tape with a thickness of about .010 that you would wrap around the barrel (centered on the bottom). Filling the pockets in the Choate stock with "glass" and re-installing the barreled action into the stock, you would end up with a free-floated barrel that didn't have the 1/8" gap on each side. The glass would ooze up and over the top of the stock, where it would have to be trimmed, either while it is hardening, or after it is cured. You would also need to build some sort of dam to keep the glass from oozing out of the front of the barrel channel. This is usually done with modeling clay.

This fix would add a fair amount of weight to the overall rifle, and that may be objectionable. If that is a problem, pre-fill the pockets in the Choate stock with chunks of Styrofoam, leaving at least 1/8" gap for the Acraglas epoxy.

If your rifle doesn't shoot to your liking, you can always put a piece of tape (or two) between the barrel and the bedding, about 1" behind the tip of the forend, to apply some pressure to the barrel. This often dampens the vibrations of a light contour barrel.

March 24, 2009, 11:20 PM
Thanks for the response guy's. Will be at the range this weekend and I will give full details and hopefully no children fall in LOL!!

April 3, 2009, 02:39 PM
Sorry it took so long, weather was not on my side. OK, got to tell you I am very impressed, at 100 yards it was holding a group of under 3/8"!!! ( some Well under ) looked like a baby clover. Didnt shoot passed that yet, for the range was full on the 200 yrd range,( At this small range the furthest shot is 200 yrd's ) But After dialing it in and compensate fo windage, I could actually shoot and hit the staples that were holding the target :) Just wanted to share my excitement and thank you guy's for the advice. Going back next wednesday and will provide some pic's or a link to a vid :)

Thank's, Matthew

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