Re: bedding a remington 700
There are many ways to bed a rifle. Like everyone else I have my own method that works for me.
This is the objective of a bedding job.
First, It positions the receiver and barrel in the stock so it doesn't move.
It guaranties 100% action fit.
If the proper material is used it also last through many years of recoil and climate changes.
It dampens some of the harmonics (Some bench rest shooters glue there actions in the stock
for this reason).
I bed all rifles because it can,t hurt and most times it helps because even with the bedding block
an action can move back and forth and also rotate in the stock allowing the action screws to contact the pillars.
I use bedding compound that was designed specifiably for bedding. Other materials may work OK but
the fact that they were not designed for that purpose leaves doubt as to how well and how long they
As to the issue of floating or bedding the barrel= My opinion is to bed some of the barrel if it is a light
taper. (Bed only the straight part of the shank) I normally bed 1/2" to 1" just to help support the barrel
and reduce harmonics.
If it is a heavy taper then it is optional whether to full float or bed a small area of the barrel (This depends
on the strength of the action and the length of the barrel hanging on it.
So with these objectives I wan,t to end up with a bedding job that will last and perform for many years
with the same load/ ammo.
There are some good post and pictures on this subject if you do a search you may find them.
J E CUSTOM