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Posted: 11/17/2003 11:30:15 AM EDT
I'm considering putting a free float tube on my BM 16" carbine.

What type of accuracy improvement is reasonable to expect when installing a float tube?

What are some of the best lower-priced tubes?

Thanks.
Link Posted: 11/17/2003 11:48:07 AM EDT
I don't really think it is about fundamental accuracy improvement..rather it helps prevent external forces from shifting your barrel's POI as a result.
Link Posted: 11/17/2003 12:03:13 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/17/2003 12:06:50 PM EDT by chp5]
MaverickMkii, Well said. I agree. So let's say you're shooting a match and using a window ledge prop as a improvised rest - is there much of a difference between resting on regular handguards (obviously not the barrel) or a float tube? Will the change in POI (if any) be less because you have a float tube?
Link Posted: 11/17/2003 12:26:10 PM EDT
Well, if your rifle is intended for match/competition, everything will count, including the force from your sling, bipod and so on. Especially if you are using any device that connects to the fore-end/barrel area of rifle. For combat-accurate shooting, this isn't really required unless you attach a lot of crap (thats a whole different story) but for match shooting where 1/10s inch counts, sure, you sure will be happy to do everything to "MINIMIZE" the factors that would hindle your accuracy.
Link Posted: 11/17/2003 1:23:07 PM EDT
They say a floating hand guard is the single easiest and most effective way to increase accuracy for AR type rifles. I put the Hogue Overmolded on my 16" Colt-MTC H-BarII But if I do it again I will probably go with a vented style tube!! If your using good optics..., you should be able to cut your group size in half by switching to a floater!!! I went from 1 MOA to .5 MOA. And then after installing an Accuracy Speaks Trigger Group I now pretty regularly shoot .375 MOA with an ocational .25 MOA group!! (with Hand Loads.., of course!!) Do the floater..., you won't regret it! But make sure you install any sling and/or bipod studs you'll need before you complete the final assembly...., they are a real bear to install afterwards!!!! Hope this helps!! RU4FREEDOM.....out
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