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Old February 20, 2018, 05:37 PM   #1
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Bolt shotgun upgrades.

Thought occurred to me.

Has anyone bothered to bed the action on a bolt action shotgun?
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Old February 20, 2018, 07:09 PM   #2
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Folks still use them????? (j/k)
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Old February 20, 2018, 09:20 PM   #3
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I usually think of bedding an action as something done to improve the accuracy of a rifle. I don't see that bedding a bolt action shotgun would provide any real benefit. What would you be expecting to gain by doing so? I suppose if the action was obviously loose fitting in the stock I might do that, otherwise?
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Old February 20, 2018, 09:27 PM   #4
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Like i said, was just a random thought that occurred to me.
Wasn't planning on doing it. Per se .

And i love my bolt action Hawthorne 410!
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Old February 20, 2018, 10:21 PM   #5
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If you're using it like a rifle - i.e. slugs, it might help. Shouldn't cost much to try
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Old February 21, 2018, 12:28 AM   #6
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I don't see the point of it....my only bolt action is an old Westernfield 16ga ... it was a gift when I was a kid ( so I've had it about 57 yrs..)...full choke and its a 26" barrel....it killed a lot of grouse back in the late 50's and into late 60's...../ ...today, its just around for nostalgia...in the back of the safe..

If a shotgun " hits where you look" ...that's all you need.

No, I never tried it...on that shotgun.
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Old February 21, 2018, 06:53 AM   #7
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What would you be trying to accomplish by bedding a shotgun action?
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Old February 21, 2018, 07:54 AM   #8
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By bedding the gun action, it will be the same as bedding a rifle action.
After all the shotgun with a rifled barrel is nothing more than a very large
caliber rifle using shotgun case's.
Both Savage and Browning make bolt action rifled barrel shotguns and any
accuracy improvement used on a rifle will help on those guns.
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Old February 21, 2018, 02:37 PM   #9
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Yes!

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Old February 22, 2018, 10:23 PM   #10
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Well, mine isn't rifled. And i don't plan on shooting slugs out of it.

Was just a question.
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Old February 23, 2018, 06:28 AM   #11
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As a rainy day project, sure, why not? Using shot I don't know how you would measure improvements unless it contributed to better handling, pointing or makes it better in some manner for you. But in the end, why not?
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Old February 23, 2018, 01:42 PM   #12
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Whatever for? Bedding is only part of the accuracy equation. You'd need a trigger job too. It'd be a great slug gun though.
Savage and Browning don't currently make a bolt action shotgun at all.
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Old February 26, 2018, 06:28 PM   #13
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waste of time. you WANT the shot to scatter!
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Old February 27, 2018, 08:00 AM   #14
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Generally a shooter wants slugs to group together and buckshot staying in a tight cluster.

Most people today hunt flying targets with some other type of shotgun not a bolt gun.

Remember what they were-- inexpensive behind the door farmers guns, better than a single shot.
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Old February 28, 2018, 05:55 PM   #15
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a slug gun and a shotgun are two different animals.
shot is for shotguns, slugs are for slug guns.
slug guns have rifle sights.
shotguns have beads.

this is why I teach (from the target back)on choosing a gun.

too many people try to bend a shotgun around a telephone pole trying to get it to do something it wasn't designed for.

for the op's sake I will say....if a bolt gun is going to be (converted) to a slug gun, then by all means, yes, it would be good, since the bbl is directly attached to a receiver.

so many people dump so much money into gadgets, especially pump owners, forgetting, the front sight on a pump is on a non permanent bbl and the rear is on the receiver. if the bbl loosens, you lose zero.

so for the op's sake, glass it if its going to be a slug gun....and no if its going to be a shotgun.
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Old March 4, 2018, 06:41 PM   #16
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Talk about putting lipstick on a pig.
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Old March 4, 2018, 08:18 PM   #17
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One could argue that I bedded the barrel and action of my Savage/Stevens 258.

...But it wasn't for any more of an improvement than holding the shattered stock together, holding the new recoil cross-bolt in place, and keeping the stock from splitting through the inletting again.

(Major damage. Major repair. I had over two pounds of epoxy, brass rod, and steel pins in the stock before it was back in service.)
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Old March 5, 2018, 03:50 PM   #18
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I have a Mossberg 695 slug gun...maybe the ugliest "shotgun" ever made. it is, however, a very accurate shooter. At 50 yards, using a variation of Hubel's "shotgun from hell" loadings, it will put all shots through the same hole. At 100 yards, it will shoot groups 2 inches C-t-c.
It has a synthetic stock and the barrel/action are not bedded
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Old March 12, 2018, 08:10 AM   #19
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hank....+1
its like putting a pistol grip on a krieghoff. lol.
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