The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Hide > The Art of the Rifle: General

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old October 10, 2018, 09:54 AM   #1
ligonierbill
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 20, 2007
Posts: 1,653
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.
ligonierbill is offline  
Old October 10, 2018, 10:52 AM   #2
Don Fischer
Senior Member
 
Join Date: March 2, 2017
Posts: 1,597
I can't imagine it matter's what you do first.
Don Fischer is offline  
Old October 10, 2018, 11:18 AM   #3
Hawg
Senior Member
 
Join Date: September 8, 2007
Location: Mississippi
Posts: 15,104
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.
Hawg is offline  
Old October 10, 2018, 08:42 PM   #4
Mobuck
Junior member
 
Join Date: February 2, 2010
Posts: 6,847
"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?
Mobuck is offline  
Old October 10, 2018, 09:18 PM   #5
Wyosmith
Senior Member
 
Join Date: December 29, 2010
Location: Shoshoni Wyoming
Posts: 2,666
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.
Wyosmith is offline  
Old October 11, 2018, 05:39 AM   #6
BeeShooter
Member
 
Join Date: August 24, 2016
Posts: 85
Do it first
BeeShooter is offline  
Old October 11, 2018, 06:49 AM   #7
ligonierbill
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 20, 2007
Posts: 1,653
OK, worked out fairly well, for a ham-handed amateur. Thanks for the advice.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Radom bedding.jpg (44.9 KB, 86 views)
ligonierbill is offline  
Old October 11, 2018, 02:58 PM   #8
Scorch
Senior Member
 
Join Date: February 13, 2006
Location: Washington state
Posts: 13,768
Quote:
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!
Quote:
Seriously? Bedding the action is ALWAYS the first task.
Well, yeah.
Quote:
OK, worked out fairly well,
__________________
Never try to educate someone who resists knowledge at all costs.
But what do I know?
Summit Arms Services
Taylor Machine
Scorch is offline  
Old October 11, 2018, 03:44 PM   #9
ligonierbill
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 20, 2007
Posts: 1,653
Thanks to all for your helpful and thoughtful advice.
ligonierbill is offline  
Old October 14, 2018, 03:27 PM   #10
Picher
Senior Member
 
Join Date: December 14, 2004
Location: Maine
Posts: 3,594
I let my bedding cure until hard. If you do anything to it when soft, you risk changing the shape and ruining the job.
Picher is offline  
Old October 14, 2018, 09:59 PM   #11
mete
Senior Member
 
Join Date: June 14, 2004
Location: NY State
Posts: 6,575
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 !
__________________
And Watson , bring your revolver !
mete is offline  
Old November 3, 2018, 01:48 PM   #12
ligonierbill
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 20, 2007
Posts: 1,653
Here is the Radom Mauser in its new stock. Maple looks good on rocklocks, so I thought I'd try it here. Looking for improved groups with the bedding. At least it fits me well. This has a new Shaw barrel that does pretty good with the old stock. Hoping for improvement. We shall see.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Polish Mauser.jpg (30.4 KB, 47 views)
ligonierbill is offline  
Old November 3, 2018, 06:33 PM   #13
4V50 Gary
Staff
 
Join Date: November 2, 1998
Location: Colorado
Posts: 20,551
I'd rather bed it first. I hate to finish a stock and then get acraglass all over it.
__________________
Vigilantibus et non dormientibus jura subveniunt. Molon Labe!
4V50 Gary is offline  
Old November 3, 2018, 10:47 PM   #14
FrankenMauser
Senior Member
 
Join Date: August 25, 2008
Location: Potatoes and Hops
Posts: 12,002
How did you go about finishing the maple? Any stain? Top coat?
__________________
Don't even try it. It's even worse than the internet would lead you to believe.
FrankenMauser is offline  
Old November 4, 2018, 06:08 AM   #15
ligonierbill
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 20, 2007
Posts: 1,653
Minwax walnut stain and Tru-Oil finish. Next time I do maple (I have a flintlock that's been "under construction" forever) I am going to try the traditional aqua fortis.
ligonierbill is offline  
Old March 13, 2019, 07:34 PM   #16
ligonierbill
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 20, 2007
Posts: 1,653
It's Spring in Ohio, sort of, so I took the Polish Mauser out for a run to see how my amateur bedding does in the cold hard world. Turns out, pretty good. I got a flier out 2", but the other 4 are inside an inch. I'm thinking the flier was too much coffee. Load is a 175 Sierra Pro Hunter over Reloder-17.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 8x57 Group.jpg (41.4 KB, 21 views)
ligonierbill is offline  
Old March 13, 2019, 08:11 PM   #17
30Cal
Senior Member
 
Join Date: December 3, 2002
Posts: 1,252
I finish the stock first, then bed it. Stray bedding material is harder to get off bare wood.

Bag and tape the living heck out of anyplace you may handle when working with the epoxy.
30Cal is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:11 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2018 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.07725 seconds with 11 queries