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mshelton
12-14-2015, 03:31 PM
I'm planning on putting a 1.250" 30" 6mm barrel on a Panda, can it's tennon support that big of a barrel or would it be better to bed the first few inches of the barrel?

Lee Martin
12-14-2015, 04:00 PM
I'd bed or glue the action and completely free-float the barrel.

-Lee
www.singleactions.com

CMaier
12-14-2015, 04:04 PM
If not a switch bbl build, 2" -3" of the bbl is just fine.
Remember most guys here deal with short bbl'd short range guns.
Their opinion come from that back ground.

You did not say what caliber, nor what application.

Lee Martin
12-14-2015, 04:11 PM
I doubt there's a set answer on this one. That said, a lot of 50 BMG shooters free float the barrel and those are 34 - 40". My State Arms 50 is free-floated and it shoots like a demon.

-Lee
www.singleactions.com

JerrySharrett
12-15-2015, 05:54 AM
1.062" diameter x 1.15" long tenon? No problem.

The massive glue area of a Panda will hold even without screws.


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mshelton
12-15-2015, 11:32 AM
If not a switch bbl build, 2" -3" of the bbl is just fine.
Remember most guys here deal with short bbl'd short range guns.
Their opinion come from that back ground.

You did not say what caliber, nor what application.


Going to be a 6x284, groundhog rig that will be in an MBR Tracker, action will be bolted in ad bed.


Thanks for the responses, I know the Panda tennon is pretty tough, just wanted a few opinions on hanging that large a tube off it.

Dusty Stevens
12-15-2015, 11:35 AM
I deal with 30+" barrels everyday. Its gonna seem like its way too much when you set it into the stock but the panda is a great design and itll be fine.

B.Larson
12-15-2015, 01:17 PM
I`ve had more than one rifle...both hunting and 22# "F" class guns that improved with the added support of bedding.

Greg Walley
12-16-2015, 09:10 AM
We've built rifles on our Panda/bolt in rigs for F-Class competition with 32" 1.250" unlimited contour barrels with the barrel completely free-floating. These rifles have set world records.

Bedding the bottom of the barrel on a target rifle is undesirable. As the barrel heats up it will expand, and therefore should not be partially constricted by bedding in the stock.

Greg Walley
Kelbly's Inc.

Dave Tooley
12-16-2015, 11:42 AM
I agree with Greg. In the very first MBR stock I put a big bore Panda with a 30" fluted 1.350" barrel to see if there were any limits. The action was pillar bedded. I had no problems. That rifle is in the UK and still shooting.

B.Larson
12-16-2015, 01:07 PM
I agree.......... It would probably have a lot to do with the action used and the flexibility of the stock ......