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Old October 10, 2018, 09:54 AM   #1
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Restocking a rifle - at what point do you bed the action?

I am working on a K29 Mauser made in Radom about 1930. No worries, it had already been modified when I got it, including the stock. Not a bad job either. But I like to work on them. I bought a nice stock from Richards Microfit and have got the thing pretty well fit up. (My second Richards stock, nice wood, but they should call them "macrofit".)

My question for you more experienced folks, should I bed the action now, or do most of my finish sanding first? I know I will be doing some sanding after, as I always manage to get a little bit of epoxy where I don't want it.
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Old October 10, 2018, 10:52 AM   #2
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I can't imagine it matter's what you do first.
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Old October 10, 2018, 11:18 AM   #3
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Either/or it's up to you. Hats off to you for being able to finish out a Richards stock. I've got one I've been working on on and off for about six years now.
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Old October 10, 2018, 08:42 PM   #4
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"My question for you more experienced folks, should I bed the action now, "

Seriously? Bedding the action is ALWAYS the first task. Otherwise how would you know where and how much wood to remove?
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Old October 10, 2018, 09:18 PM   #5
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Do it first.
Trim off the oozing glass in about 5 hours when you can cut it like hard clay. Once it is fully hard it's more like a brittle plastic.
When you trim it well you will not have the tendency to lift splinters from the junctions of wood and metal.
Sand the areas down to look good and then do all your shaping.
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Old October 11, 2018, 05:39 AM   #6
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Do it first
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Old October 11, 2018, 06:49 AM   #7
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OK, worked out fairly well, for a ham-handed amateur. Thanks for the advice.
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Old October 11, 2018, 02:58 PM   #8
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My question for you more experienced folks, should I bed the action now, or do most of my finish sanding first?
LOL I always say "if you don't know, DON'T!
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Seriously? Bedding the action is ALWAYS the first task.
Well, yeah.
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OK, worked out fairly well,
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Old October 11, 2018, 03:44 PM   #9
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Thanks to all for your helpful and thoughtful advice.
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Old October 14, 2018, 03:27 PM   #10
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I let my bedding cure until hard. If you do anything to it when soft, you risk changing the shape and ruining the job.
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Old October 14, 2018, 09:59 PM   #11
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My stocks are 40 + years old from Acraglas. Still hard without any problems .Don't rush it let it cure completely . It won't get in the way when finishing the stock. Yes the accuracy is still there !
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