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Old July 11, 2008, 01:25 PM   #1
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Stock bedding question.

I just got a stock for one of my LA Remington 700BDL's and its used and already glass bedded. Will this be ok to use with the old bedding in it or should I remove it and start from scratch? Its full length bedded from rear of bolt to tip of forearm.
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Old July 11, 2008, 07:49 PM   #2
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Leave it alone unless accuracy is not up to par.
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Old July 11, 2008, 08:16 PM   #3
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Not enough info to give a reasonable answer.
What kind of stock?
Was the other barreled action that the sock was used for factory barrel or custom barrel--whats yours?
Did you try it yet?
How are the clearances?
Same type recoil lug? etc.

For the BEST fit and for ULTIMATE accuracy, you should re-bed--most guys do.
If the fit is close, its a very minor thing to bed it.
Even if everything is factory on both rifles, production tolerances can very enough to make a difference.

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Old July 11, 2008, 09:01 PM   #4
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Theyre both 700 BDL LA and the one i just got is a laminated and bedded and the old is factory wood. The lugs are the same and havnt had a chance to try it yet. I got my other one apart and dont want to have 2 of the same guns apart next to each other. Could be bad if parts got mixed up.
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Old July 12, 2008, 01:49 PM   #5
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Rem 700 actions are manufactured to + .005" - .000", so the actions will be about the same diameter and holes spacing will be very close. If you want best accuracy, glass bed it.
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Old July 12, 2008, 07:53 PM   #6
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Scorch, Its already glass bedded and thats why im wondering if it will be ok when it was done with another action in besides mine. Its a used stock but the same action and caliber was in it previous.
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Old July 12, 2008, 09:02 PM   #7
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If accuracy isn't as good as with the old stock, try modifying the bedding. If the barrel is partially bedded, try removing that part of the glass and don't touch the bedding around the action. You might as well experiment a little with what is already there before you completely re-bed the stock.
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Old July 12, 2008, 09:22 PM   #8
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Back when I was shooting rifles a lot, I frequently had more than one rifle of the same brand (Win, Rem, Ruger) and always wound up glass bedding them. Don't think I ever had a situation where a glass bedded stock would fit any action other than the one it was mated with. Try your new stock and see if it will fit your action. It might but I would be surprised if it does and even more surprised if you got top accuracy from it.
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Old July 13, 2008, 02:10 PM   #9
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Heck with it, gonna re-bed it.

Heck with it, Im not gonna fool around and stripped out the old bedding and gonna bed it for the action going in it. For the cost of bedding, Its not worth playing with. Thanks everyone.
PS- Upon stripping, I found that some of the old bedding had come apart from the wood in the forend. Guess its good I decided to take it out. It goes to show how some work is done by people. Has anyone had glass bedding ever loosen up and release from the wood?
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Old July 13, 2008, 03:21 PM   #10
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Quote: " Has anyone had glass bedding ever loosen up and release from the wood?"

Never had it happen to any of the umpteen rifles I glass bedded. Nor has it happened to any of the pistol grips I glass bedded on my S&W .44 Mag pistols.
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Old July 13, 2008, 09:25 PM   #11
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I have no idea what the guy did before me so the glass let loose. Im gonna sand it real good and roughen it up and clean it several times in case there is something that got into the wood. I think he may have used the release agent on the stock accidently and tried to clean it best he could. Thats all I can figure.
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Old July 13, 2008, 09:27 PM   #12
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Quote: "I think he may have used the release agent on the stock accidently and tried to clean it best he could. Thats all I can figure."

That is the same thought I had.
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Old July 14, 2008, 12:18 AM   #13
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Has anyone had glass bedding ever loosen up and release from the wood?
It can happen if the glass was poured over the existing finish.
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Old July 14, 2008, 09:06 PM   #14
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Yep, Thats what he did. He must have gotten release agent on the stock and tried to clean it. I started sanding it and there was residue from it. Damn fool! Now my job gets harder. What can I use to remove this crud? Remember that its a laminated stock and cant use thinner or anything like that. I dont want the lamination coming apart.
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Old July 14, 2008, 11:37 PM   #15
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Mike,
I never worked on a laminated stock and can't offer any suggestions there. Good luck.
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Old July 15, 2008, 12:04 AM   #16
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Brownell's release agent is a plastic dissolved in a thinner, and cures up into a filmy bluish plastic. It comes off very easily. If he used wax, solvent alcohol will take out whatever you don't sand off. If he used silicone, you will have to wipe the barrel channel out with something a lot more aggressive, like acetone or mineral spirits. Don't worry about the laminated stock, though, it will be fine.
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Old July 15, 2008, 08:44 AM   #17
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Scorch, Thats the problem, I dont know what this guy used and guess I will try a few things till one works. Im gonna start with the least agressive one first and then move up if it dont work. Thanks.
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