Bedding Tikka T3s
I've got two Tikka T3s and they both shoot pretty good from the factory. I've had the one for four years and the 2nd one about 3 years now. Even though they shoot pretty good, I still suspect that they shift zero just slightly over time, and that's something that I think a good bedding job can help prevent. Before I go out to hunt I'll check the zero on the rifles and more than once I've had to make minor adjustments to correct the zero.
If you examine a Tikka T3 with the plastic tupperware type stock, you'll see an aluminum or steel plate (recoil lug) bedded in the bottom of the plastic stock. That recoil lug then protrudes up into a slot in the bottom of the receiver. To me, it looks like the recoil lug can shift slightly within the stock. It's not held rigid to the stock like a recoil lug on a Rem 700 pinned between the receiver and the barrel. Tikkas also come in laminated stocks. With a laminated stock, I suppose one could first glue the recoil lug firmly and rigidly into the stock with bedding compound, but the recoil lug then just fits up into a slot cut into the base of the receiver and I'm not sure how one would go about getting a perfect bedded fit (within that narrow slot) against the front of the recoil lug.
So if anyone has ever bedded a Tikka T3, or even examined one, I too would be interested in hearing how you did it, or how you would propose to do it.