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Old February 6, 2010, 03:30 PM   #1
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Bedding a Manners stock

Hi Guys I've got a couple of manners stocks coming to fit my mod 70 LA and a Vanguard SA. Anyone want to share some tips on bedding, type of Pillars, Bedding compound, etc. There will be CDI bottom metal going on both of these.

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Old February 6, 2010, 05:46 PM   #2
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check out my pillars/bedding studs.

Here's my finish work:




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Old February 6, 2010, 07:48 PM   #3
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That's some nice work, but can you swing some advice my way? Pillars? Tips? etc.
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Old February 6, 2010, 08:05 PM   #4
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Chad's cardinal bedding rules:

1. Use a resin system with a long "open clamp time".
2. Resin's shrink. Use an even amount over the whole action to promote a uniform casting.
3. Mix resin on a glass plate with a spreader. NEVER stir in a cup. Whips air into it.
4. Warm the tubes in hot water prior to mixing.
5. Use a hot air gun/blow dryer to warm the resin in the stock so that air will rise to the surface. Pop with a tooth pick.
6. Mask everything off you don't want resin to stick to.
7. Use a commercial mold release agent.
8. Apply resin to stock and receiver.
9. Have everything ready before you mix the resin.
10. Rehearse your processes a few times before actually doing it and STICK TO ONE TYPE OF EPOXY so that you learn it's quirks!


Regarding pillars. The ones I make are different. They register the height of the action in the stock exactly on the show line. This qualifies the action to sit half in/half out. Better presentation that way.

I will only bed a stock that I inlet. I also offer this as a service to others. Reason being is if the trigger, ports, and mag well are already done how are you supposed to get a clean 1:1 look? You can't. The stuff runs and sags and is always oversize from what you really need.

I don't glue pillars in the stock first. They go on the action as the goop is applied to the receiver. You get better saturation this way to ensure there's no air trapped around the screw holes.

Good luck.

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Old February 6, 2010, 10:27 PM   #6
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hey thanks for the info and awesome pics, I'm a little intimidated now. I might just have to send it to you.
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Old February 7, 2010, 01:09 AM   #7
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Thanks and that's fine. Be happy to do it for you. One cardinal rule I have.

I DO NOT bed stocks unless I inlet them myself. So if Tom is building your stocks for you better get him on the phone and tell him not to inlet them if seriously want me to bed them.

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