Originally Posted by kfrye
Great article at firearms forum on bedding. For better or worse, I am going to try tackling a bedding project and would like your direction on a couple loose ends I have before I start:
You mention making sure the action is sitting in the stock at waterline- do you have a picture that shows this or can you explain sitting at waterline?
With the 10ml pipe around the barrel, how do you make sure the tang of the action is sitting level with the front?
Once the action is in the bedded stock, how do you securely hold everything together while the epoxy cures- stock makers screws, electrical tape?
Lastly, do you wait until the epoxy is fully cured before pulling the gun back apart for clean up, or do you monitor what gets squeezed out and start trimming before the bed is fully cured, followed by pulling the action out and trimming the excess out? Studying your photos, have you graduated to machining out the excess with a program?
Thanks for your help Chad, I am going to try and measure up to the fine work you have posted. I am hoping I can speed the learning curve along.
"Waterline" is a term I coined up cause I'm too lazy to say "showline."
Lets use a Nesika round action for this example as its the easiest for me to describe.
A no frills Nesika Model J is 1.350" in diameter. That means it has a radius of .675"
"Waterline"/"showline" is nothing more than the flat top portion of the stock where the barreled action rests. A gun built right will have the radius of the receiver and the barrel below this reference plane.
That's it. so, if you using a Remington 700 (also 1.350) half of the front receiver ring should be in the stock and half should be sticking out.
In the rear, you must measure from the bottom of the action to centerline of bore because Remington does that goofy thing on the rear portion of their actions. It's not the same height.
Basically it rolls like this. As your doing this work and your dillgently making sure all your little "I"s are dotted and "T"s are crossed. Just take a big step back, light a smoke, drink some coffee, listen to a song, what ever. Just get your face away from the gun for a moment and LOOK at it.
Does it Look right?
A human healthy human eye has the resolution to detect a 2mm deviation at 50 meters. This is proven. By that logic no one should have a challenge standing ten feet from a gun on a bench and be able to tell if it's buried or sitting proud in the stock.
I used to be very very anal about checking all the measurements and making sure it was just so. Now, I just stand back and look at the dumb thing to make sure I didn't screw it up. I check with a small level laid on the receiver and the stock.