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Old October 22, 2013, 08:58 PM   #1
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Bedding

How difficult is it to bed a stock.
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Old October 23, 2013, 02:05 AM   #2
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It's fairly easy as long as you know what to do. That said, I get home gunsmithing jobs into my shop all the time and wonder "what were they thinking?".
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Old October 23, 2013, 03:49 PM   #3
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I agree , If you are not a DIY guy take it to a smith. The little tricks will give you a better job and save you from making a mess.
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Old October 23, 2013, 05:00 PM   #4
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Everything you need to know...

http://www.accurateshooter.com/techn...illar-bedding/
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Old October 23, 2013, 09:48 PM   #5
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I'm real interested in bedding too. I'd like to get a richards stock and finish/bed it. I must've read that link you posted 20 times. But I still don't get how he went from the bedding material when it's wet to the finished product looking so clean where the trigger housing goes. Photo 9 then photo 15...

Also, I like mcmillians's way of doing pillars. Not from personal experience, but their way seems to provide the best contact. They keep a thin skin of bedding between the pillar and action by having their pillars cut 1/16" short (IIRC) for a complete fit, rather than having any pillar touching the action. Though, in the pics his seem to do essentially the same thing, just different process.
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Old October 24, 2013, 12:31 AM   #6
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I decided to have an pro do it. Thanks for the info.
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Old October 24, 2013, 08:54 AM   #7
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I still don't get how he went from the bedding material when it's wet to the finished product looking so clean where the trigger housing goes.

Before the wet bedding compound is applied to the inletting, I use SillyPutty to plug every single hole/crevice where bedding compond isn't desired - in both the stock's inletting and on the rifle's bottom metal.

The metal then has release compound applied, before it goes into the bedding epoxy - I use auto paste wax, which results in a smooth bedding surface.

The thin skim of dried bedding compound that's forced over the puttied areas is easily cut out when the putty's removed after the bedding cures; and the dried paste wax is easily rubed off/removed.




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Old October 24, 2013, 08:22 PM   #8
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The "good" thing about DIY bedding is as long as a few basic tenets are followed, you can't do any real harm...

Plenty of release agent
Putty wherever you don't want epoxy
No reverse angles
Tape up the stock!

The most common mistake by beginners (including my first attempts) was to skimp on epoxy...use plenty of it, let it ooze out everywhere. Easy clean up when done correctly (wait until it just begins to set- then it will easily peel up, and be cut with a razor knife before it hardens). If there are voids or mistakes, cured epoxy is easily ground out and re-done.
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