If I remember correctly from the No1 I had many years ago the handguard mounted on an extension from the receiver which had a spring in it. This arrangement always caused upward pressure on barrel. The spring I'm thinking was not directly for mounting the handguard but it affected the handguard. The smithy I use anymore has doen many conversions of the handguard to mount them directly to the barrel by attaching a block to barrel and having handguard screw directly to it.gew98,
"fore end Spring" ????????
Have owned RUGER #1s for years and have yet to see a fore end spring.
The only spring under the fore end wood in a #1 is the spring that powers the ejector.
It does not effect the fore end bedding in any way.
There is, however, a way to solidly bed and fully float the fore end with no contact with the barrel.
Crusty Deary Ol'Coot