James,The 850 Store
I just want to be clear about what is being discussed here.
This is not an opinion or a gut feeling, this is based upon what has been seen to be true with
hundreds of 850s.
Although not as rigid as wood, I must disagree with you regarding the stock barrel
contact area. (we are obviously not talking about the removable tank cover here)
The plastic 850 stock is in fact extremely rigid up front and does a very good job of supporting
the barrel and suggesting that its purpose is the other way round is not true.
Let me put it this way, if you manage to bend the barrel support part of the stock with
the action installed in it, you will have ruined a good rifle.
My only fear or reservation with gluing the barrel in is that if it should set off center or
set not aligned with the action, that you would then need an adjustable scope mount to correct the situation.
This is why I make a sleeve, its centered on the barrel and minimizes the chance of a POI issue.
However as I have said, the barrel does tend to center itself when out of the stock and I
must add, that with no weight acting upon it to push it off center, it should set up (glue set)
just fine, however if it does not.. you have another problem on your hands.
The glue fix is a viable solution for anyone with a sloppy barrel and no access to a lathe
as long as they take great care to ensure that the barrel does in fact bed true.
I look forward to your review of the process once completed. Im sure that itll encourage
others to try it too.