Re: Action bedding & Pillar bedding
Assuming you have the general basic concept of bedding and the right tools to do it. You'll want to epoxy in your pillars first. I like to mill out a pocket around where the pillars will protrude through the inside of the stock. Use release agent on the action and screws. I then attach the pillars to the action. Spread the epoxy on the pillars. I use Devcon 5 min. epoxy. Once the epoxy is spread on the pillars crack the screw loose so there is a little wiggle room. With the barreled action laying upside down on the bench with the pillars pointing towards you slip the stock onto the barreled action. Re-tighten the screws. Leave it lay upside down until the epoxy has time to dry. I usually let them sit overnight to be sure. Remove the screws and pop the barreled action free I then grind away some of the excess epoxy that pushed up into the pocket with a flexible Dremel tool and small rotary file. I only grind enough so there's no air pockets or under cuts and to rough up the epoxy for the bedding to stick to. The bedding material will locks itself onto the pillar creating a double lock of epoxy and bedding. Then bed the rifle. I like to use Marine Tex but there's other materials that work as well. Once the bedding is spread all over the action area drop in the barreled action. Snug up the screws and any excess bedding will ooze its way out. Clean up with lots of Q-tips. It's much easier to do it if you watch someone do one first, or have a junk stock to practice on.
Last edited by Kevin Cram; 01-20-2011 at 09:37 PM.