Normally I use Acraglas and use Birchwood Casey Gun Stock Wax for the release agent, but on this one I decided to try MarineTex. I will be going back to Acraglas, easier to work with and it is impossible to put enough coloring agent in the MarineTex to get it to black. The release agent that comes with the kit it a thin liquid and it worries me when I can't see where I've coated
I put a couple of layers of masking tape on the front surface of the recoil lug. It will help with installing and removing the action from the stock to have a slight gap
next coat every surface of the gun that you do not want the bedding compound to stick to, don't forget the action screws and the outside edges of the stock where the compound may ooze out, be very thorough. You can use the putty provided to fill any holes
blob the appropriate amount of mix in (better a little too much than too little) and get it down to the bottom of the recoil lug recess, you want the recoil lug to bottom out on the compound and be trapped on either side so that it can not move down or twist sideways
insert the action into the stock and torque down to specs, with the HS since it has pillar bedding that would be 60 to 65 inch pounds. Wait 24 hours and remove the stock. The best way I have found to do this is to set the gun upside down with support under the butt stock and the vise bearing on the front stock on either side of the barrel. Insert the bolt and take out the magazine well and insert the plastic grip of a screwdriver down to the bottom of the bolt and give the end of the screwdriver a sharp rap with a hammer. Make a soft landing area under the scope with some towels.
It should come out looking like this
Clean it up and make sure the compound has a clean edge at the forward end where the barrel becomes unsupported. Install the stock and just before torquing it down, bump the gun on the floor on the recoil pad to set the action against the recoil lug, torque the front action screw down first.
The first one or two is a little skeery when you think about gluing your gun together but it gets better with time :grin: