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Barrel band and accuracy

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by nachosgrande, Mar 26, 2009.

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  1. nachosgrande

    nachosgrande Member

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    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?
     
  2. Pulse

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    my honest opinion?
    free floating is overrated.

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

    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
     
  5. Big_E

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    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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