I would like to improve the acuracy of my Steyer-Manlicher rifles by bedding them. There are however some problems with the design that makes it less than ideal.
1. The magazine box and trigger guard is made of plastic/ backalite making it almost impossible to torque them properly.
2. The action does not have the standard front recoil lug, but rather an protrusion at the rear of the action.
3. The magazine cutout in the stock is huge, leaving verry little wood in contact with the action in the middle section.
4. The safety runs past the side of the rear tang, making proper bedding contact there also difficult.
5. verry little wood remains between the action and the magazine box, so you cannot remove more than 1/16" to allow for the bedding .
6. the contact point between the action and the stock is minute, and you can see where the stock has gone shiney at this point (presumably from movement)
7. I beleive the stock has been weakened by the huge magazine cutout.
My plan of action at the moment is to:
1. Remove 1/16" under the front of the action
2. remove 1/16" under, behind, left and right of the rear tang.
3. Strip action, fill cavities with putty and coat with release agent.
4. tape barrel with electrical tape and devise spacer for rear of action to allow for alignment.
5. bed with epoxy
6. release, re-assemble, and torque.
If need be i can use the die grinder to clean away bedding if it interferes with the operation of the safety.
Any advice, input, cautions etc greatly apreciated.