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Old 01-17-2014, 02:02 PM
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Bedding base and Lapping Rings

I have tried to search all over Google and have yet to find any specific post on bedding a base in addition to lapping the rings. I have a 20 MOA Nightforce 1 piece base for a Remington 700. I do not currently have it, but am assuming the worst that the base tightening will not be flush(one side at a time to check for gap).

1) Will bedding the base cancel out the 20 MOA correction that the base has built into it? If only bedding the side that is off.

2)If you bed the base of the rail will lapping the rings in addition be wise?

The way I look at it is that bedding the base, if even needed, will not bend the rail slightly and lapping will allow maximum contact with the scope. I could be wrong the way I am looking at it. They are both minor jobs and inexpensive, but have always had the philosophy to do it right the first time.
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Old 01-17-2014, 05:00 PM
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Re: Bedding base and Lapping Rings

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I have tried to search all over Google and have yet to find any specific post on bedding a base in addition to lapping the rings. I have a 20 MOA Nightforce 1 piece base for a Remington 700. I do not currently have it, but am assuming the worst that the base tightening will not be flush(one side at a time to check for gap).

1) Will bedding the base cancel out the 20 MOA correction that the base has built into it? If only bedding the side that is off.

2)If you bed the base of the rail will lapping the rings in addition be wise?

The way I look at it is that bedding the base, if even needed, will not bend the rail slightly and lapping will allow maximum contact with the scope. I could be wrong the way I am looking at it. They are both minor jobs and inexpensive, but have always had the philosophy to do it right the first time.

Bedding the base cant hurt, I recommend waxing the action,(Not the base) waxing the screws and applying the bedding to the base and screwing it down easy, to prevent twisting or torqueing the base. Take a Q Tip and wipe of all excess bedding compound. as the compound cures, loosen
one screw at a time and re tighten to make sure that the screws don't stick.

After the bedding has cured (24 to 48 hours) the base can be removed and it should release clean from the action and remain on the base.

I would not lap the rings unless you cant find good ones.

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Old 01-18-2014, 06:22 AM
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Re: Bedding base and Lapping Rings

Thanks for the response. I will take your advice and not lap the rings, but will go ahead with the base bedding.
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Old 01-18-2014, 04:06 PM
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Re: Bedding base and Lapping Rings

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Bedding the base cant hurt, I recommend waxing the action,(Not the base) waxing the screws and applying the bedding to the base and screwing it down easy, to prevent twisting or torqueing the base. Take a Q Tip and wipe of all excess bedding compound. as the compound cures, loosen
one screw at a time and re tighten to make sure that the screws don't stick.

After the bedding has cured (24 to 48 hours) the base can be removed and it should release clean from the action and remain on the base.

I would not lap the rings unless you cant find good ones.

J E CUSTOM
After the bedding has cured and you remove the screws, do you clean the screws (and the holes in the receiver) to remove the wax? I'm concerned that the wax might help the screws to loosen over time.
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Old 01-18-2014, 09:02 PM
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After the bedding has cured and you remove the screws, do you clean the screws (and the holes in the receiver) to remove the wax? I'm concerned that the wax might help the screws to loosen over time.

Yes. one reason for cleaning the screws and the sight base holes is to prevent over tightening due to less friction. be sure and torque the base screws to the proper torque and they should not give you trouble.

If you are not sure what the torque should be do a search for= Torque Recommendations.

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Old 01-18-2014, 10:31 PM
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If you are not sure what the torque should be do a search for= Torque Recommendations.

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Thanks. I'm using Badger Rings. They say 15-18 InLbs. Seems a bit light compared to others I have heard but I'm not about to question Badger.
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Old 01-19-2014, 10:06 AM
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Thanks. I'm using Badger Rings. They say 15-18 InLbs. Seems a bit light compared to others I have heard but I'm not about to question Badger.

That's the right thing to do.

If you are worried about them coming loose just put a drop of non hardening Loctite on them.

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