Originally Posted by Welderboy250
This rail is for a magnum caliber weatherby mark v. And again to the naysayers I'm not going to bed a .020" gap under a scope rail. That would look hideous on a beautiful wood stocked gun. It may not be worth as much as some of your custom rigs but it's mine and I want to be happy with it or I may as well sell the whole mess and get something I do like. So back to what I'm going to do with this thing. I think withsome careful measuring and filing and measuring, ect. I can get this thing into an appropriate configuration that it can be bedded and still have no noticeable gap at either end. That being said, what would you recommend I use to bed this thing to take up a gap ranging from 0 to a couple thousandths.
By the way Bruce, I seem to have struck a nerve or upset u and I apologize I didn't mean it that way. Also again I don't mean to be critical but in my understanding mills and thousandths are drastically different measurements. Just to avoid confusion, the measurements I am talking about here are in thousandths of an inch, not mills.
Sorry for the bad communication on my part. To me, 0.001" = 1 mil. If that's an obsolete term, I apologize for the confusion. Also, I'm not upset at all. I tend to post in a concise style that's efficient for me. I guess I should be more casual and folksy. Honestly, if I were offended I simply would not respond at all.
Back to your questions. I always use JB Weld to bed bases. I would not hesitate to bed a 0.020" gap under a scope mount. I'm reworking a Czech VZ-24 and had to fill a 0.050" gap under the rear scope mount. If the gap is thicker than about 0.020", I will stick a piece of brass shim in there as a space filler, but's probably not needed because JB Weld already has so much filler in it.
Your sense of aesthetics is different than mine. I'm more of a "six foot" type of guy - if It looks good from six feet away, I'm usually satisfied. I'm more concerned with function and reliability. To me, firearms are tools rather than works of art.
If I wanted the scope mount to look good, I would not modify it with a file. I would use my mill instead. I would probably cut the rear mount using a boring bar (because I have one), but there are much better machinists on this site from which to get advice.