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Old April 4th, 2012, 03:00 PM   #1
 
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Free-float the 10/22 barrel?

Has anyone free-floated the barrel of your 10/22? Any better accuracy with it floated?
I just had a tier 3 trigger job done by Brimstone and in putting the gun back together, I found that the stock is tight on the right side and loose [by the thickness of a piece of note paper] on the left. I've left the barrel band off so far.



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Old April 4th, 2012, 06:20 PM   #2
 
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Each gun is different but for the most part, yeah, floated is best usually. Maybe a bit of forward pressure point but you don't want any contact that can effect performance.
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Some friends spent the cash and free floated their 10-22s all with the same results,They were just fine and no negligible difference free floated them.
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Maybe a bit of forward pressure point but you don't want any contact that can effect performance.
Yep, I've floated a .222 and put a .010" thick plastic shim under the barrel at the forend of the stock and the point of impact never changed with my handloads.
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I have the Mannlicher, you can slide a dollar bill under the barrel all the way to the receiver except for the nose piece. It didnt change it a bit, but it is still more accurate than I expected it to be. I am very happy with it, the only thing I will do to it is refinish the stock, I traded for it used and was told that it wasnt very accurate. It is very accurate the problem was it had a scope mount but the previous owner didnt want a scope on it and the scope mount is as high as the lyman folding rear iron sights.
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Keep in mind that just because there's not noticeable difference with one choice of ammo doesn't mean there won't be with another. SOO many just pick brand A and stock with it never taking the time or $ to try different ammo to see exactly what works best in their particular gun. Use the bulk stuff with so much inconsistency you probably won't see much difference from floated to not. Go with the GOOD ammo, and that which is the load you particular gun likes and it could be quite noticeable. Then again, at that point the difference is quite small but to some, that small amount is big.
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I was given this advice by someone who should know, it sounds logical to me but I have no idea so take it for what it's worth.
They said that it is not advisable to float the 10/22 barrel since the gun has an aluminum receiver.
There have been some failures related to that receiver when floating the barrel and especially when mounting a heavier barrel.
A good quality after market steel receiver would have much more strength.
Like I said, those are not my words but they do make sense to me, which may or may not be a good thing.
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I was given this advice by someone who should know, it sounds logical to me but I have no idea so take it for what it's worth.
They said that it is not advisable to float the 10/22 barrel since the gun has an aluminum receiver.
There have been some failures related to that receiver when floating the barrel and especially when mounting a heavier barrel.
A good quality after market steel receiver would have much more strength.
Like I said, those are not my words but they do make sense to me, which may or may not be a good thing.
Ahh yes, the barrel droop thing...have heard of it but even having played this game for many years, I've yet to see it or experience it. With a 1" shank length, and such a design, I simply don't see it. Could it be just another of those internet fables based on what a retailer dreams up to sell products?
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