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Very helpful thread. Thanks guys.
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Just askin...it seems like no body uses Acra glass. Is this not a good pruduct? I did my Ruger 77 tang with it, and it seemed ok, but is there a reason to use something else ? Problems down the road, maybe ? I'm getting ready to do a Savage, and I only want to do it once, so your experience could save me (and others ) alot of grief. Thanks
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Just askin...it seems like no body uses Acra glass. Is this not a good pruduct? I did my Ruger 77 tang with it, and it seemed ok, but is there a reason to use something else ? Problems down the road, maybe ? I'm getting ready to do a Savage, and I only want to do it once, so your experience could save me (and others ) alot of grief. Thanks
I worked in a gun store in the early 90s during the summers. There were 7 gunsmiths full time on location. I had my Ruger MKII 77 done in Acra glass as well. It seemed to be fairly popular at the time but since then there are better bedding materials that apparently work better. McMillan rifle co uses marine tex grey and it is reported to be the hardest compound for bedding, so I was told. I have talked with many builders and acra glass is honestly never mentioned among bedding compounds anymore. In fact, this thread is the most recent I've seen that it is still used.

The various Devcons, Marine Tex Grey, and ProBed 2000 are the top compounds I have heard of.
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In fact, the gun store is there in Tucson.
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I worked in a gun store in the early 90s during the summers. There were 7 gunsmiths full time on location. I had my Ruger MKII 77 done in Acra glass as well. It seemed to be fairly popular at the time but since then there are better bedding materials that apparently work better. McMillan rifle co uses marine tex grey and it is reported to be the hardest compound for bedding, so I was told. I have talked with many builders and acra glass is honestly never mentioned among bedding compounds anymore. In fact, this thread is the most recent I've seen that it is still used.

The various Devcons, Marine Tex Grey, and ProBed 2000 are the top compounds I have heard of.

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I started using the Acra-Glass after dealing with Bisonite and some other stuff. the acra Glass was better but it ran and made a mess. (It often had bubbles in the finished product). then I went to
acra glass jell and it was better .

Then came a few bedding compounds that were designed for bedding and they were a big improvement.

After trying all of these I settled on the Steel bed from Brownell's because It was the easiest and
most forgiving of all that I tried.

There are several other brands mentioned that work well and have good strength and work time like the Steel Bed and I will not hesitate to use them if I cant get the Steel bed.

My recommendation would be, No matter what brand you decide on, Get a product that was designed specifically for bedding rifles. is thick enough not to run, has some sort of metal shorts in it
(For strength) and has about a 2 hour work time.

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You can buy kits from Brownell's, MidwayUSA, Hardware Store, Auto Finish Store, and Boat Repair store. There are several options, Fiberglass resin with hydrogen peroxide hardener, color pigment, and filler, (polyester, glass, or metal). You can use am epoxy 50/50 mix with hardener, color pigment, and fillers (polyester, glass, or metal). One uses a wax as release agent on either. There are plusses and minuses of each combination.

Using the right combination for the specific stock material being bedded is important.

I buy both my fiberglass resin and epoxy based bedding compounds from West Marine. I buy my spackling compound from auto finish stores. Synthetic stocks should be finished with sealing finishes, wood stocks should be sealed with a breathing finish.
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Just askin...it seems like no body uses Acra glass. Is this not a good pruduct? I did my Ruger 77 tang with it, and it seemed ok, but is there a reason to use something else ? Problems down the road, maybe ? I'm getting ready to do a Savage, and I only want to do it once, so your experience could save me (and others ) alot of grief. Thanks
Brown Precision, they are said to have invented the fiberglass gunstock, recommends Acraglas for bedding their stocks.
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