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Posted: 10/19/2003 7:05:05 PM EDT
I have no problem understanding why a FF'd barrel should be more accurate. I do have a problem with spending the extra $ for what may only be minimal gains on the rest or in the field.

Can anyone weigh in on this topic? I too share the philosophy "better to have and not need than to need and not have...". Can anyone mention how tighter their groups have become after this upgrade?

I own a BM DCM rifle capable of 1/4 moa. I want to add a carbine upper to my collection. Thinking about free floating. Worth it or not?
Link Posted: 10/19/2003 7:40:43 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/19/2003 7:42:28 PM EDT by JoshNC]
I think it is worth the added expense, if it won't make you broke. I free-floated my 1:9 16" HBAR with a RASII and there is a noticeable affect on accuracy and cooling. I couldn't tell you any quantifiable accuracy gains, as I still have a stock Colt trigger that is really creepy. As far as hardware goes, IMHO the RASII is THE best option for a FF tube. It is easily installed at home, removable if you desire to do so in the future, light weight, is rock solid, and it's made by Knight's who is the trendsetter in rail fore-ends. Just my opinion, ymmv. Josh
Link Posted: 10/20/2003 5:34:46 AM EDT
I have a 16" Bushy 1/9 HBAR. I regularly shot 1.5" to 2" groups at 100yds from the bench using SB SS109. Switching to a Knight's Free-Float RAS system immediately (first time out to verify the sights) cut that to about 1"-1.5" with the same ammo and distance and my groups have consistently remained lower ever since. However, there aren't too many non-benched positions I shoot from where I am stable enough to appreciate the extra 0.5" at 100yds, so the shooter may be a limiting factor.
Link Posted: 10/20/2003 6:24:11 AM EDT
Free floating does improve accuracy. There are cheaper options (like the FIRSH) than the RAS or SIR if you're on a budget. A more accurate rifle is always preferable whether or not you are bench shooter or if you are a decent shot or not. Just Examples: FF with good shooter = .25 moa Non-FF with good shooter = .5 moa FF with bad shooter = 1 moa Non-FF with bad shooter = 2 moa
Link Posted: 10/20/2003 6:39:54 AM EDT
I have a Colt pre-ban that has the heavy aluminum tube that freefloats... it's gets too hot to touch after about 50 rounds. I'm replacing it with a RAS or RAS2 soon.
Link Posted: 10/20/2003 7:38:08 AM EDT
If you just want to free float the barrel, you can find tubes for as little as $60. These don't have the rails (and cost) of a FF RAS or SIR, but provide the same performance improvements. At least I've never heard of one free floated handguard being more accurate than another.
Link Posted: 10/20/2003 8:24:40 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Alex_F: I have a Colt pre-ban that has the heavy aluminum tube that freefloats... it's gets too hot to touch after about 50 rounds. I'm replacing it with a RAS or RAS2 soon.
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A FIRSH is aluminum (with slots cut in for cooling) and with rail covers is quite comfortable to hold even after heaving shooting. Only $99 [img]http://the-armory.com/shopsite_sc/store/html/media/FIRSH2.jpg[/img]
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