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Bedding; before, after and lessons learned

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Old 11-08-2007, 08:39 PM
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I actually read that article prior to bedding this stock. And decided to do the things the way I did based on alot of what he was saying. Problem was that I didn't really have enough room to mess with bedding the tang on the A-bolt and that I needed to stiffen the forend enough to accomadate shooting from a bipod. So I bedded the barrel channel first in an attempt to index the barrel in the channel (as well as reinforce the forend), as he did by using electrical tape and then proceeded with bedding the action. The barrel channel bedding ended up looking kinda ugly on mine due to having to remove bedding to get enough clearance. That could have been prevented by using an extra layer or two of tape on the barrel, also I'm not sure if the forend of the stock was so flimsy that it flexed out from the barrel when bedding compound was in the channel, so that when I removed the tape the forend flexed back, making contact with the barrel. I still haven't shot it yet to see if any improvement has been made, I expect that it will improve, simply from better contact with the recoil lug and action. I doubt that I created any more stress on the action than was present before bedding. But only some good old fashioned trigger pulling will tell the tale. I'll let you guys know how it works maybe this weekend.
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Old 11-20-2007, 03:06 PM
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well, I took her out to the range today and tried some 250gr partitions pushed by 72.5 grains of RL19. Turned out to be a shotgun pattern (~6" at 200), so to make sure I hadn't messed anything up by bedding I shot a group of an old load I had worked up that shot 1-1.5MOA with the 200gr b-tips and sure enough they shot right at 1.25MOA even though the wind had kicked up quite a bit (10-20mph). So I'm sure I didn't hurt anything, we'll see if I helped anything after I do some more shootin' with her.
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