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    Posted: November 13 2006 at 6:31am
i see some posting on other sites that talk about bedding
what is bedding?
 
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Bedding is a term used to describe the contact points between the barrelled action and the forend.
It is most important if you want an accurate rifle.
The No1 and No4 were bedded differently.
Sometimes you will see the term free floated. This relates to the barrel and means that the barrel does not contact the barrel channel in the forend at any point. 
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G'day Mate ! Lithgow has hit the nail on the head ,so far a a expilation of bedding & floating barrels ! Now if I may add to this (drags his little soap box up )    Now the problem that we shooters face is that wood is made up of about 3% water & as the barrel heats up or humidity changes so the stock warps . Now whilst this is not noticeable to the naked eye it does accure ! This affects the impact of the bullet,also anywhere the barrel & action is in contact the stock causes pressure points ! To avoid this the action & barrel chanels are opened & as the action must still be in contact to the stock,normally a layer of resin is used to reinforce the action in the stock& the barrel is left raised slightly in the stock channel(we're talking the thickness of a sheet of sandpaper here ) It is not uncommon for benchrest shooters to bed the entire stock with aluminium on a synthetic stock to make it more rigid ! Now when it comes to a two piece stock like most lever actions & Enfields bedding & floating by conventional means is a nightmare ,by way of the seperate sections of the stock & there fore are'nt as solid or ridged as the one piece !
         There are ways to float the barrel of a Enfield to a certain degree though to improve it's grouping !

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Thanks guys
Great detailed answers.
I'm learning more about my Lithgow everyday
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