Originally Posted by BRIT
After a Rifle is Bedded how does one check to ensure it is stress free? I know a DTI is involved but not sure how and why this is used.
I would greatly appreciate some help in running through the process.
Also i bedded the first 1.5 inches of Barrel as part of the Bedding job. Was i correct to do this?
The barrel has a 4 inch shank with straight taper down to 0.795 at 26 inches. Action is Borden Timberline.
The quick and easy way is to tighten the action screws then hold the rifle vertically with the butt on the bench. Hand would be around the barrel and forearm. As the screws are alternately loosened and tightened you will feel any movement with your hand.
It it seems worth measuring the movement get one of these gizmos and mount it on the barrel with the dial indicator somewhere near the sling swivel stud. Then alternately loosen and tighten screws. Movement should be very minimal. I go for less than 0.005 but it it shoots good in all kinds of weather I'm satisfied.
It's usually good to bed a bit of the barrel. It changes the harmonics but even my custom gun as about 3" ahead of the lug bedded.