A few updates. . .
First, had to get the hell out of town for the weekend with the girly. Went to Denver to party like rock stars. (Old fart Rock stars that are in bed by 11 that is)
Monday comes far too soon after a great weekend.
Here's what we got.
Bolt handle's done
Gas Check port
Loading port. This is my "bold move" of the day. The Barnard port bugged me, so I changed it. It's now a cross between a Remington and a Nesika. I like it better this way for a number of reasons. With no ejector the spent case is easier to get to without pulling the gun out of your shoulder. I bedded this gun with the action a little further to the rear than normal also in the effort to keep the port and bolt handle nice and close to the shoulder. The idea being to further aid in loading. Since the action is being case colored I'm not worried about the bluing.
Last, the sight block inlet. Pretty basic stuff here. I don't care for 90* sharp corners that cut the grain as they just invite a split so I use a 1/8" cutter here on it's side to produce a radius in the corners. I had to push the inlet down a smidge more to clear the corners of the sight base which is kinda buggin me. Might just have to make a new base out of steel (this one is AL) so that it'll match the action and fit the stock better.
As for bedding materials. . .
I share quite a bit on this forum with what I've got going on in the shop and give a pretty generous explanation of how most things get done. There are a few subject matters that I prefer to keep in house and my choice of resin is one of them. I encourage anyone wanting to bed a gun to focus the attention to the preparation and process more than materials. Just about any modern resin system with a shrinkage rate of less than 2% will work just fine for bedding an action to a stock. Think about what your doing and what measures you can take to reduce the risk of a mechanical lock, a glue in, or inclusions. All the while you need to ensure a high density of material around the action. Work on keeping the air bubbles under control. Those are the most challenging part to this stuff IMO.
It's crawlin up on 10pm. I'm off to bed. Nite!