Originally Posted by Swamplord
Regardless of what you may have heard, McMillan stocks are not "drop in" and shoot.... any gunsmith will tell you that, you will run into those that will require a bit more work, like the ones you and I have, but can be easily fixed by removing a bit of material and "fully" bedding..
Even the Bell and Carlson V block type of stocks perform better after skim bedding, forget their claims of drop in and shoot ,
You have in your hands one of the best made stocks, treat her as such and make her bed properly, she will never let you down.
then give her a cool pet name and you will be friends forever !
Funny thing what you mentioned. I contacted McMillian when I first got the stock and they clearly said to me that I may need to dremel out a little here or there to get it to fit, but likely not that much and I definitely wouldn't need a gunsmith. They also were very clear about not bedding it until I shoot it. They said 90% of the time they will shoot perfect unbedded and bedding will only wring out a tiny bit more of the accuracy, possibly. Another good buddy of mine too said to shoot it first before even doing anything to it.
Unfortunately I'm a bit of an OCD perfectionist and want a gun that can consistently shoot cloverleafs. I get the scope tomorrow and may have to take it to the range this weekend to see how it shoots unbedded and uncentere, but either way I still want the action/barrel to fit perfect in the stock and it will bug me to death until it does. I never follow the, " perfect is the enemy of good."
I'm tempted to do the bedding myself, but leery of tackling it due to the fact I need to center the barrel. Even though I've never bedded a rifle it doesn't scare me. What scares me is how to fix the dynamics behind what is causing the barrel to be off center without causing undue stress somewhere else during the process. Rhetorical question: If I sand a little here and there and then bed it and then put the screws back in and they bind a little in the pillars am I going to have an issue?