Hey folks, I wanted to get some input from the forum on this topic. I've looked for threads on this but haven't found any. I've done some online research, but seem to get quite a variety of answers, and not all agree. From what I understand, it's generally thought that a free floating barrel is more accurate than a barrel in direct contact with the stock - especially if the action is glass beaded for a nice fit. So, my question is this - does it really make a big difference in accuracy? By how much - 5%, 10%, more? I'm not a hunter, I just enjoy plinking with my rifles, so big accuracy increases aren't critical to me at this time. But I'm looking at some Boyd's gun stocks for 2 of my .22's and possibly another rifle, and noticed some of the designs leave you with a free floating barrel. So, I'm just wondering if there is any real advantage, or would it really make a difference for someone like me who only competes against myself for accuracy. Just curious is all. Thanks for your input folks.