I've been reading about bedding barrels of high-powered rifles. From what I've read, it seems you want contact between the barrel and the stock, especially near the beech. So of course I got to thinking, took my barrel off and sighted down the stock where the bottom of the barrel nests. Sure enough the locking plate where the breach hook locks in holds the barrel a 16th or 3/32 off the bottom of the stocks' trough at the breech, and tapers to nothing at the front of the half stock. So I wonder, would bedding this barrel do anything worthwhile as far as performance goes? That is, in a muzzleloader, does the barrel jump or wiggle or go through some kind of harmonic motion upon firing that would require it to fit the stock tightly and perfectly? I kind of doubt it, but I just had to ask. You don't have to warn me about the dangers of using thickened epoxy between the stock and the barrel: it would be easy to glue them together or allow epoxy to run into the lock or the pin - ways, effectively ruining the gun. I know enough about using epoxy to avoid causing a disaster.