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Unread 01-02-2008, 11:02 PM
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is glass bedding a stock worth it?

Is the accuracy gain substantially worth doing this?
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    If there is a gain in accuracy, any gain, it is worth it.

    If done properly the accuracy will be maintained from year to year for years.
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    I only have limited experience but the only way to find out if it is "substantially worth" it is to try. The one thing you should definatly gain by bedding it is consistancy; from year to year and in different conditions.

    Another thing; how accurate is the rifle right now? If it is shooting 1.5" groups you MIGHT get .5-.75 improvment. But if it is already shooting .25" groups you're not going to improve much on that.

    Another thing to consider is if you are just a little bit handy, glass bedding a rifle isn't all that hard to do yourself.

    Good luck.
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    Is the accuracy gain substantially worth doing this?
    If done properly in 99% of rifle YES it is. Some rifles depend on foreend pressure points to attain accuracy and some designs ie lever actions are not suited to bedding.
    Last spring we did a trial with a police tac unit that uses Remington 700 Police rifles. H.S. Precision who makes the stocks for these rifles claim that their v block bedding block does not require bedding for optimum accuracy. We proved this was not correct simply by having a spare stock from a 700P that we skim bedded the action and supported the shank of the barrel with bedding compound, then moved the same barrelled action from 1 stock to the other. The non bedded stock using the same Federal GM Match ammo shot 3 times larger a grouping than the bedded stock version did. To fully drive the point home, we completely removed the action screws and the rifle still shot far better groups than the non bedded version did. Needless to say I do not recommend shooting a rrifle with no action screws in it to keep it together but the unit got the idea. If your action screw loosen or stretch at all accuracy will suffer, wood stocks can swell or shrink depending on humidity which further complicate the equation.
    Bedding properly is not brain surgery, but there are some tricks to getting it to maximize accuracy.
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    Thanks for all the info!!!! Do you know any websites that offer good directions on how to bed a stock?
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    If done properly in 99% of rifle YES it is. Some rifles depend on foreend pressure points to attain accuracy and some designs ie lever actions are not suited to bedding.
    Last spring we did a trial with a police tac unit that uses Remington 700 Police rifles. H.S. Precision who makes the stocks for these rifles claim that their v block bedding block does not require bedding for optimum accuracy. We proved this was not correct simply by having a spare stock from a 700P that we skim bedded the action and supported the shank of the barrel with bedding compound, then moved the same barrelled action from 1 stock to the other. The non bedded stock using the same Federal GM Match ammo shot 3 times larger a grouping than the bedded stock version did. To fully drive the point home, we completely removed the action screws and the rifle still shot far better groups than the non bedded version did. Needless to say I do not recommend shooting a rrifle with no action screws in it to keep it together but the unit got the idea. If your action screw loosen or stretch at all accuracy will suffer, wood stocks can swell or shrink depending on humidity which further complicate the equation.
    Bedding properly is not brain surgery, but there are some tricks to getting it to maximize accuracy.
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    If done properly in 99% of rifle YES it is. Some rifles depend on foreend pressure points to attain accuracy and some designs ie lever actions are not suited to bedding.
    Last spring we did a trial with a police tac unit that uses Remington 700 Police rifles. H.S. Precision who makes the stocks for these rifles claim that their v block bedding block does not require bedding for optimum accuracy. We proved this was not correct simply by having a spare stock from a 700P that we skim bedded the action and supported the shank of the barrel with bedding compound, then moved the same barrelled action from 1 stock to the other. The non bedded stock using the same Federal GM Match ammo shot 3 times larger a grouping than the bedded stock version did. To fully drive the point home, we completely removed the action screws and the rifle still shot far better groups than the non bedded version did. Needless to say I do not recommend shooting a rrifle with no action screws in it to keep it together but the unit got the idea. If your action screw loosen or stretch at all accuracy will suffer, wood stocks can swell or shrink depending on humidity which further complicate the equation.
    Bedding properly is not brain surgery, but there are some tricks to getting it to maximize accuracy.
    what do you bed? The front of the action, and a couple inches into the barrel? What are the "sweet spots" to bed to reach peak accuracy?
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    Here is a link that might interest you;

    http://www.brownells.com/aspx/NS/Gun...?p=0&t=1&i=641
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