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Old 12-08-2009, 11:57 PM
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HS Precision Bedding Question

I have an HS Precision PSS stock that I would like to bed. Most of the threads cover pillar bedding and this has the aluminum chassis. I've skim bedded a few rifles before and milled some pillars for a plastic SPS stock along with a bedding job more for practice than anything and it actually turned out really well.

Based on what I have read, I should tape the barrel near the end of the forearm to float and center the barrel. I have had to inlet quite a bit since the barrel contour is much heavier than the factory contour. When I do this, the receiver is not sitting flush with the front of the aluminum bedding block but it is in the rear tang area. There is about 0.040" clearance just aft of the recoil lug, between the receiver and the aluminum block.

Is this OK? The Devcon will obviously fill the void but I want to make sure that this is acceptable.
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Old 12-09-2009, 11:02 AM
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Re: HS Precision Bedding Question

I'm of strong opinion, so get your salt shaker out.

Your 1st step with bedding an H/S stock is by selling it and getting something else.
Chad Dixon
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Old 12-09-2009, 12:14 PM
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Re: HS Precision Bedding Question


That's not an option for me at this point but thanks.
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Old 12-09-2009, 02:05 PM
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Re: HS Precision Bedding Question

I am not a gunsmith, but have experienced the same. I have used Marine-tex to fill the voided area, along with the first 1.5 inch of the barrel channel and have seen no adverse problems. The recoil lug is not going to do its part if it is not making contact with the bedding block with in the recess. I have read a lot and asked many questions along the way, and there are a lot spirited opinions on the matter, but the proof is in the pudding. Meaning, I have never seen a reduction in accuracy with skim bedding and/or epoxy in the lug recess. My opinion is that a completely supported action is better than one that is not. Reduces the likelihood twisting or binding the action and just takes one more variable out of the equation. I have never shot long enough strings to worry about heat expansion of the lug, (which is a common concern for those who epoxy the entire lug area).

The only tip I can extend is not to over torque the action when placing it in the bedding material. I usually go about half while it is setting up.

So, the short answer to your question is...go for it!
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Old 12-13-2009, 12:39 PM
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Re: HS Precision Bedding Question

I sold a 338 EDGE to another member on this site this summer that was a Rem 700 action skim coated bedded in an HS Precision stock. He posted on here this fall that he killed a deer with it at over 1300+ yards, and it is an extremely accurate rifle. I would not worry about skim coating it. It will turn out fine.
I would however not tape the barrel so much that it brings it to far off the bedding block if you can help it.
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Old 12-14-2009, 11:12 AM
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Re: HS Precision Bedding Question

I have since relieved the barrel channel a bit more so that the receiver sits flush in the chassis now. I found a high spot that was interfering with the barrel. When the Devcon arrives, I'll bed it down and go.

Should a receiver be bedded without the scope mount rail attached?

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Old 12-14-2009, 01:48 PM
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Re: HS Precision Bedding Question

What are your opinions on the hs stocks? Im just curious because im wanting to do the same thing?
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