Barrel band and accuracy


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nachosgrande
March 26, 2009, 02:11 PM
I'm always hearing about how accuracy is greatly reduced on guns designed with a barrel band instead of free floating. But then I look at guns like the Springfield 1903 and it's just covered head to toe in barrel bands and it's supposed to be very accurate. Is there a way to design a gun with barrel bands that make it accurate, or have accuracy standards just gone up since then?

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Pulse
March 26, 2009, 02:26 PM
my honest opinion?
free floating is overrated.

yes, it helps, but it gets blown way out of proportion.

gvnwst
March 26, 2009, 02:32 PM
Free floating shows up best when you;
A: are using a really tight sling.
B: it is really how, you have a thinner barrel, and you are shooting a lot.
Those things tend to mess with the barrel a lot, and that is when free float really comes into the picture.

Kivaari
March 26, 2009, 02:39 PM
I agree that free floating is not the "end all" for accuracy for every rifle.

If I was building a fat barreled varmint gun or tactical rifle, then yes, for sure. Consider the Enfield, which has an interior barrel band and spring loaded screw for "dampening" and also 10/2 contact at the muzzle. Finnish 39s use a very slight barrel contact. "Featherweight" rifles or similar with "buggy whip" barrels respond to stock tip pressure...and on and on

Big_E
March 26, 2009, 03:37 PM
My Rem. 700 SPS is not free-floated and it shoots just as well as my friends Savage that is. Though with a new stock or modding the cheap factory one I am sure it will be more accurate.

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