Re: Pillar Bedding and Glass Bedding a Savage 111 w/ Boyds Lam Stock: Questions
I've done 2 Savage centerfires and a Marlin Rimfire bolt action that has to be done much the same way.
My favorite pillar material is 1/4" brass pipe nipples, they are easy to machine to length in a case trimmer, they are easy to cut with a dremel tool and they can be bought very close in length to what I need. Typically I will run a 1/2 NC die down the outside of the pipe nipple to give the bedding material something more to grab to. I will bed them in place both front and back then cut a notch out of the rear pillar with a dremel and cutoff wheel.
First off float your barrel and use semi-hardening putty and place pads in the barrel channel and torque the action into the stock. These pads will now be used to index the height of the action throughout the duration of the bedding process (remove once pillars are bedded in place.).
To start the whole process on the Savage I will bed the trigger guard first, then once bedding has hardened I will cut my pipe to fit from the action as flush as possible with where the trigger guard will sit. By doing this I can (A) use the trigger guard as an index front-rear to set the action in and (B) keep it squared/plumb/non canted with the stock and (C) before bedding the rear pillar in place prep the hole for the front one, tighten that pillar onto the action and drop it in thus bedding both pillars at the same time. (this will require 1 1/2-28 screw about 4" long with the head cut off so that it will slide through the trigger guard. Use surgical tubing/wire ties/pressure clamps to secure rear of action down.
After that is cured dress up spillage then use a dremel to cut out the remaining wood and bed the action. This can actually be done at the same time as the pillars but doens't have to be done at the same time.
I like Brownell's Steelbed myself, but acraglass is a god bedding epoxy.
If my thoughts aren't clearer than mud look up 'John Burns accurizing the factory rifle'