Hawkeye Barrel and Stock

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miketuite

Bearcat
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May 19, 2015
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Frisco, TX
Hi,

I just bought a Hawkeye .30-06, and I was surprised to find that the barrel is making contact with the stock for it's full length. I was wondering if anyone has free-floated the barrel and, if so, how it's effects accuracy.

Thanks,

Mike
 

TBear77

Single-Sixer
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Idaho
Hi Mike,

First welcome to the forum.

The M77 Hawkeye barrel is supposed to contact the stock only at the fore-end tip. You can see the pressure 'hump' on the stock with the barrel removed. That said, each barrel behaves differently; has it's own likes and dislikes. Here's a trick on figuring out what your's likes.

1. Shoot a 5-round group, making sure the diagonal bedding screw is good and tight (Ruger torques them to about 90 inch-pounds).

2. Add a shim (made from a margarine tub lid) under the forward part of the receiver, just behind the diagonal screw. And another shim around the rear triggerguard screw. Then shoot another 5-round group and compare to the original.

3. Remove the 2 shims from step 2. Add a shim under the barrel over the pressure 'hump.' Shoot another 5-shot group and compare to the 2 previous groups.

This trick should give you an indication if your rifle likes to be free-floated, tip pressure increased, or just left alone.

If it was me, I would first sand a bit off the barrel channel to where it only made contact at the tip. Then try the trick above.

Hope this helps,
Ted
 

miketuite

Bearcat
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Frisco, TX
Thanks, guys, that's very helpful. Sam, the rifle is new enough that I haven't gotten to shoot it yet, but I intend to follow your advice as well as Ted's.

Ted, thanks for the welcome. Ten years or so ago, I was quite active on this form, but then life got in the way of fun. I'm back (retired) now!

Mike
 

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