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receiver. After the receiver is inletted it is sent to the barrel maker, then, when returned with the new barrel fitted, the latter is bedded in the stock a3 described.

The foregoing instructions apply to what may be termed fully bedded barrels. This method is usually followed on high grade custom built hunting rifles. The point of greatest pressure between barrel and forend should be at the bottom of forend tip, but light pressure should be maintained at all points. The upper edges should be tight against the barrel, with equal pressure on both sices. This method is quite satisfactory unless the condition of the wood makes

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it likely that the forend may sometime warp and develop undue pressure against one side of barrel—and if the barrel is of the pipe-stem variety, the point of impact -will be changed thereby.

This may usually be guarded against in very light barrels by the semi-floating system of inletring. The barrel is bedded tight as above described, then the wood is shaved out all round except at the upper edges and at the tip of forend, so that there is about 1/16 inch clearance at all points but these. These points are then relieved by lightly sandpapering until they are just clear of the barrel so that a sheet of thin paper may be slipped between barrel and forend. This much clearance is scarcely noticeable, and allows for slight warping of the wood due to atmospheric conditions, dampness, etc.

Examples of the full floating barrel are found in many military rifles—the Springfield service rifle, the Lee Enfield. Ross, and per-

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