View Full Version : Undoing Bedded Actions/Barrels

July 18, 2007, 11:26 PM
I have a SA M1A. It came with the standard military stock. I had a walnut stock custom fitted to it and the action bedded and barrel partially bedded. I want to return it to its original configuration(darn thing is just too heavy!) Are there any complications in doing this that I should be aware of? I know nothing about the bedding process, I had a gunsmith do it.

July 19, 2007, 06:40 AM
If you simply put it back in the original stock there will be no problems as the bedding only affects the custom stock, unless your smith modified the metal of the action in some way.
Hope this helps.

July 19, 2007, 10:01 AM

July 19, 2007, 10:10 AM
Some rifles are literally "glued into" the bedding.

The bond usually gives way with time and repeated firing, although the fit should still be tight.

If you are still glued, you can dribble some kroil around the area that is glued. That should capillary into the bond and free the metal. If it is still stuck, apply Kroil and fire a couple dozen rounds. Repeat as needed.

You don't want to have to hammer the metal out of the bedding.

July 19, 2007, 11:50 AM
If the builder did a half decent job, you'll need to tap the action out of the stock with a mallet. Use a dowel under the receiver heel (not on the safety bridge, not under the rear sight).

July 19, 2007, 11:59 AM
hm, guys gunsmith school trick, shush dont tell. stick it in the freezer. bobn