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Old November 7, 2012, 10:26 AM   #14
Saskhunter
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Join Date: October 16, 2012
Location: Saskatchewan
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Anything that puts pressure any place with any force on the barrel from shot to shot degrads the accuracy it has.
Nope. There is no such rule. Sometimes free floating improves accuracy; sometimes it doesn't; sometimes it makes it worse.

I think the only rule about free floating is that it makes a rifle less likely to lose point of aim over time due to moisture changes in the stock. I free float all my hunting rifles for that reason, but not to increase accuracy.

I have one rifle that does, if fact, shoot better free floated, but for the rest of mine, free floating proved fundamentally irrelevant to accuracy. I have a friend whose .30-06 insists it have some fore end pressure to shoot well. I would sell it, because of my desire to free float to preserve consistency, but he won't. It shots VERY well with the right pressure. Every gun is unique.
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