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Unread 03-26-2003, 11:19 AM
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Re: glass bedding

Bed that action and free float that barrel. It will make a big improvement. I like to bed under the first 1" to 1 1/2" of barrel to eliminate any strain on the reciever.

Make sure you bed the full length of the receiver. If the bedding is done correctly, there should be no movement when the action screws are tightened or loosened.

I use the two part steel epoxies you find at hardware stores - Devcon, Lepages. They work very well and easy to dispense. Use a good release agent like PVA.

It is an easy process, just make sure you plug any holes that could lock the action in place. I like to remove the action just when the epoxy has gotten hard, then reassemble. This ensure that if I have made any mistakes, I can get the action/stock apart and clean things up. I let the bedding cure for at least 24hrs before final disassembly.

Don't tighten the action screws too much when bedding. You don't want to squish out the epoxy. About 1/2 turn from full tight is correct.

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    Unread 03-30-2003, 08:26 PM
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    Thanks for all the info. I think for this first one I will take to a smith. Before I try it on any good guns I'll bed my old marlin 22. first! [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]
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    Unread 04-01-2003, 11:20 PM
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    Also, it ain't the end of the world if you botch it up. I've done several guns. My first one turned out like crap. I took a Dremel tool and removed a lot of the bedding material. I then went back and did it over. The second time turned out very nice.
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    Unread 04-02-2003, 09:56 AM
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    Did my first bedding job about a month ago. Search the different forums for info. I used Brownells Acraglas and read the instructions a couple of times. Also, Mark Bansner's wesite has some good info ( Where are you in Potter (I assume in PA)? I go up to Costello a few times a year. Maybe we can meet and I can show you what I've done and how I did it. One must have tip: use plenty of release agent. I've used both the supplied release agent and paste wax. I think the wax is better and one can will last forever.

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    Unread 04-02-2003, 02:19 PM
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    Scott- Costello??? thats 5 minutes down the road. what do you go there for?
    If it were easy, I wouldn't be doing it.
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    Unread 04-02-2003, 02:52 PM
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    Dad-in-law has a camp in Young's Hollow. We go up to vacation/hunt/get mellow in Costello.
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