Question on HP rifles

Discussion in 'Large-Bore/Small-Bore Rifle/Shotgun' started by 2000ShadowACE, Aug 17, 2012.

  1. 2000ShadowACE

    2000ShadowACE Member

    Mar 22, 2012
    Eastern Iowa
    I have been around guns for most of my life, but something I have not figured out is the difference in barrel bedding. Most of the guns I own are lower end hunting rifles and shotguns. What is the difference between a bedded barrel and a free floating barrel? What is the difference between fully bedded and bedding blocks/pillars? Glass bedding vs. aluminum? I am currently in the market for a >308 or .30-06 bolt action and several merchants have asked me what kind of bedding system I prefer. My answer so far is the one that shoots the straightest. I guess I am just looking for some enlightenment.:confused:
  2. aa1911

    aa1911 Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    bedding is to secure the action better in the stock; free floating just means that the barrel doesn't contact anything forward of the receiver. allows it to 'whip' the same shot to shot

    Pillar bedding incorporates usually aluminum pieces but it 'clamps' the action into the stock. You can have any or all of the above in combination together.

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