Originally Posted by Elevendysixty
I plan on upgrading the stock after I sell the model 70 300wsm I originally purchased to fill the role of this rifle. Future plans are a stock- I'm undecided between a b&c, hs, and McMillan. The plan is to keep overall weight reasonable and when the time comes rebarrel with something along the contour of a 3 or 4 shillen etc. I'll probably get another vortex viper but a pst model to have a retical for holding wind or quick adjustment if my calculation was incorrect. Lrh is a ways off, but a guy can dream! I guess the best thing about this round is that it's mbpr is farther than you can see most places in western Pa. Another speed goat trip is in the works though.
Till you get your money saved up for a nice custom stock you can really do a lot of good for your existing stock by pillar bedding, after this is done do a complete bedding of the action including a couple of inches under the chamber in front of the recoil lug.
Then rout out a good deep channel under the barrel removing as much of the plastic as you can all the way back to the recoil lug.
You can lay some 1/8" steel rod, or even half in angle metal (either steel or aluminim) in the cleaned out area.
Reinstall the barreled action and make sure you have complete clearance.
Use gorilla tape to line the underside of the barrel from the point at which your bedding under the chamber stops forward.
Fill the routed out area with Devcon or similar good epoxy. I like to use lead shot mixed in with the devcon to give some weight up front.
Reinstall the barreled action and let it set.
Take it out 24 hours later, clean up the excess just like any bedding job and you will find you now have a remarkably stiff stock for an investment of a few hours time and about 40.00 worth of material.
You also of course have a very nice custom pillar and action bedding and a completely free floated barrel all the way back to approximately the shoulder area of the cartidge.
Most people want a complete free float back to the recoil lug, but a great shot and a very handy self taught gunsmith taught me years ago if I'd bed right under the chamber it would relieve stress from the weight and vibration to the barrel at the recoil lug and it's never failed to work very well for me especially with M-70's.
When setting my pillars I also set them just about 1/32-1/16 higher than the original "floor" which gives a little extra room for extra grip with the bedding epoxy.
With plastic stocks you have to really rough the hell out of it to get it to adhere so don't be bashful about removing material underneath and along the sides of the action (just stay below the top edge so it doesn't show rough.