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Old 06-28-2009, 07:34 PM
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making my own pillars

I have already glass bedded my Remington 700 XCR but would like to pillar bed it as well. This rifle is a "poor mans" project so I was woundering if I could make my own pillars with limited equipment or if I just gotta order them. I was thinking that alluminum arrow shafts would work maybe? let me know. Thanks

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Old 06-28-2009, 11:11 PM
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Re: making my own pillars

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I have already glass bedded my Remington 700 XCR but would like to pillar bed it as well. This rifle is a "poor mans" project so I was woundering if I could make my own pillars with limited equipment or if I just gotta order them. I was thinking that alluminum arrow shafts would work maybe? let me know. Thanks

Jordan
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Aluminum arrow shafts are to thin, But if you can drill a straight hole you can get a piece of
1/2'' aluminum round stock drill the stock with a 1/2" drill and then cut the Pillars to length , Then drill a 5/16"or larger hole in the round bar pieces and rough up the outside to help the
Epoxy grip the aluminum.

After making the pillars apply the epoxy to the stock and the pillar and install by twisting them
into place.

Be sure and tape the stock in the area your working to prevent epoxy from ruining the finish.

Pillars should be installed before bedding so after the pillars are installed skim bedding will
be nessary.

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Old 06-29-2009, 06:32 AM
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Re: making my own pillars

I make my own pillars also.
If you look around, you can buy .5" aluminum rod with the hole already drilled. Just make sure after you are finished with your bedding job, you open the hole so that there is no contact with the action screws.
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Re: making my own pillars

You can also use the widow crank handles used to roll out mobile home windows. The center hole needs to be drilled out a little but they work great.
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Old 06-29-2009, 11:15 AM
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Re: making my own pillars

You can buy them from this link.

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Old 06-29-2009, 09:27 PM
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Re: making my own pillars

Thanks guys. I think I'll try to get my hands on some 1/2" stock. If i can find some with the hole pre-drilled I will. So with a 5/8 hole through the aluminum I am assuming that the action screw doesnt touch the aluminum? I would have thought that the aluminum would be drilled/tapped for the action screw threads. I guess that being threaded it could put stress on the action.

Next question. what is the best way to cut/size the aluminum. Do I use bedding compound to glue in the pillars or a 2 part epoxy?
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Old 06-29-2009, 09:43 PM
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The action screw should not touch the pillar. Measure the screw dia and open the pillar hole accordingly.
If you have access to a lathe or milling machine, you can cut the pillars with those.
Use bedding compound or epoxy to set the pillars first. On a BDL style stock, I leave them a little long. I then use the mill to get the exact fit with the bottom metal.
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