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Old 11-15-2009, 11:18 AM
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Rem 700 BDL 300 Ultra...stock forend flex?


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Hi, all. This is my first post. I searched the previous posts but could not find anything that quite matched this subject.

I've got a Remington 700 BDL in 300 RUM. Blued 26" barrel, walnut stock. I primarily use this for hunting.

Problem: I can move the forend of the stock back and forth (not up and down) with just a little hand pressure. Is it normal for the forend of the walnut stock to flexible?

I've never seen this on a rifle before. I am wondering if this is a bedding issue.

Anyone seen this before on their 700 BDL?

This barrel has the pressure point on the forend as well. I cannot get a shim to pass by the pressure point. The barrel is free floating from the pressure point back to the recoil lug.

Any help is appreciated.

thanks,

Eric
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Old 11-15-2009, 04:39 PM
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I recently purchased a 35 Whelen 700 CDL. Has a 24" barrel and a well-balanced lightweight feel. Accuracy is very good.

If mine is representative of other 700's, I can slip a sheet of paper under the barrel about an inch past the ebony forend. No looseness on mine.

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Old 11-15-2009, 06:12 PM
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Iv got a 700 BDL in 7mmRemMag and there is no play in the fore end. You may have some sort of problem with the front screw bottoming out in the receiver and not pulling the barrel and stock completely together. Thats my only idea as to why your stock is loose...
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Old 11-17-2009, 11:01 PM
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well, I did some troubleshooting on the stock forend. As it was, I could get a 2.5 mil shim all around the edges, under the barrel, up to the forend pressure point, and then the rest of the barrel was free floated to the recoil lug. I took the stock off and checked the screws: they go in all the way, no obstructions.

I took the stock off, and put a cut up credit card between the barrel and the stock at the pressure point. Everything was very tight when I put it together.

So then I took it back apart and removed the forearm shim to see if I could get the problem to go away by shimming around the recoil lug.

First shim was just under the start of the barrel in front of the recoil lug. One credit card was almost enough to free float the entire barrel off of the pressure point, but not quite. I added another credit card shim and the barrel was floating for sure, but I still had the stock/barrel flex at the forend.

I tried to take a good look to see where the flex was originating from. It appears to be right at the recoil lug or the front stock screw area. So I decided to see if it was the lug itself. I added two credit card shims into the recoil lug recess and fit the stock. It went in no problem. 3 credit card shims would not go. Locked it all down and still had the flex. Then I also put a shim under the barrel chamber, right behind the recoil lug (not in the lug recess). This shim caused the barrel to float off of the pressure point so that its essentially pseudo free floated.

So I think I've convinced myself that it might be in my best interest to bed this action. I'll go out and shoot it first, to see if the free float helps the accuracy. I'll also try shooting it with the forend shimmed tight, and see how she groups.

If I don't see any improvement, I'll either liquidate it or bed the action.

Anything else I might have missed in troubleshooting the forend/barrel flex problem?

thanks for the input.

E
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Old 11-30-2009, 11:57 AM
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I took the rifle to the range last week and shot two different groups: one with the barrel "psuedo-floated" and the other with forend shimmed. 4 rounds for each group to avoid barrel heating.

Range was 100 yards. Speer 165 BT, 85 grains H4831SC, avg. 3215 fps. Both groups were shot from a cold, clean barrel off of sandbags.

Psuedo-free floated group: 2 1/2".

Forend shimmed group: 1 1/2".

I have to admit that I was a little surprised that the free float group was an inch bigger than the shimmed group. I expected POI diffences, but not that much in group size.

I'll leave it as is for now. I'll take 1 1/2" groups all day long in the field....
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