Re: Skim bedding an aluminum bedding block.
[ QUOTE ]
I was told to loosen the action screws, then tighten to 65 inch pounds while keeping the barrel centered in the barrel channel.
[/ QUOTE ] The process for tightening the screws is on a data sheet with the manual. Run them in finger tight, hold the barrel in the center of the channel, tighten the rear screw to 35, then the front to 35, then the back to 65 and lastly the front to 65 pounds. Of course, it doesn't mean squat if the bedding is messed up.
I went out this morning in just about zero wind. The first two shots were really close together about two inches low. Then I moved the front rest closer to the muzzle and torched off three more. The group shifted to 10 O'clock. I moved the front rest back towards the trigger guard and the next group shifted to the point of aim.
The guy who was with me said something to the effect that any idiot could see the bedding is messed up. So if any idiot can see the bedding is screwed up why did I have to send the rifle to Williams Gunsight twice and to Weatherby once? Four months of messing around and the rifle is so bad it would be unethical to even take it into the field. Those folks must just shoot a group without regard for repeatability and if it fits on a fifty cent piece the rifle is good to go. There can be no other explanation.
I am not much for Internet bashing, but I have to say, I am very disappointed in this Weatherby product and I hold their customer service department in contempt. Yeah, I'll fix the darn thing myself, but good grief for what I paid...you know.