Scorch, Thanks for the info. I will finish the float job and see what happens.
"Hey, a new firearm- I better hurry up and start tweaking and fixing this thing before I go shoot it."
19-96, You are 100% correct in that I just brought the gun home, tried to get a piece of paper between the barrel and noticed the wood left in the channel. I might have jumped the gun, but now I am committed. I just have never had a rifle where the stock was in such tight contact with the barrel! I should have shot it first! Dang it!
Anyway, I will continue sanding now and get the tube "floating". Humm?