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Pillar bedding: Marine-Tex or Acra-Glass gel?

 
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Old 04-06-2010, 11:19 PM
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Pillar bedding: Marine-Tex or Acra-Glass gel?

What is your opinion on bedding compound? I have 2 options and only 2 options. Marine-Tex or Acra-glas. Which do you prefer and why?

Also, is the Marine-Tex 'puddy' runny or is it like putty?

Thanks for the advice.

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Old 04-07-2010, 01:24 AM
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Re: Pillar bedding: Marine-Tex or Acra-Glass gel?

Back in the 70's all that was available was Acraglas. I used it to bed a couple bull barrel heavy varmint rifles I built. I was at the range shooting them this past weekend, so the stuff will hold up.
The Joel Russo stock I am finishing up I used the Devcon because that is what everybody is using now. If I wouldn't of used that, I would of used Acraglas again.
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Old 04-07-2010, 07:34 AM
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Re: Pillar bedding: Marine-Tex or Acra-Glass gel?

I have switched to the Steel Bed from brownells because it will flow but
does not run and has a very controled cure time.

I do all the taping and applying in my shop where the temp is 70o and have
several hours to mess with the fit and alignment if needed ( it takes about 2 to3
hours to kick off at this temp.

Once everything is ok I set the rifle and fixture out in the sun (Normally around
90o + here and it will cure in less than an hour and can be trimmed(The excess)
without removing the action.

The next day I will remove the action and do a final cleanup and reinstall the barreled
action to set for 2 or 3 days before firing. (4 to 6 days if it is a boomer.

This stuff is very tough and last a long time. also it is easy to work and if you have
to remove the action (Heaven forbid) before it starts to cure the controled cure time
may save you from a big mess.

There are other bedding materials that work well but I just prefer the steel bed.

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Old 04-07-2010, 08:05 AM
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Re: Pillar bedding: Marine-Tex or Acra-Glass gel?

Either works fine. The real work is the preparation and the process.
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Old 04-07-2010, 08:06 AM
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Re: Pillar bedding: Marine-Tex or Acra-Glass gel?

I started with AcraGlas Gel, and while I got good results with it, I tried Devcon 10110 on the suggestion of a gunsmith friend and am absolutely delighted with it.

Mixed Devcon 10110 is about perfect for working - it's about the consistancty of sticky soft serve icecream - soft enough to be easy to work into small places, sticky enough to stay where you put it (even on vertical surfaces), has a dependable long working time but cures completely in 16 hours, excess cleans up very nicely using Q-tips, machines beautifully for final trimming, and seems to put up with solvents and other abuses better than most and it's readily available on the WEB in 1lb and 4lb containers.

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Re: Pillar bedding: Marine-Tex or Acra-Glass gel?

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Either works fine. The real work is the preparation and the process.
A BIG A+++++++ for that statment! That is where the mistakes are made. Have everything ready , read and understand the directions, use a QUALITY release agent , don't try to 'cut corners', and take your buddies, buddies buddies advice with a grain of salt.
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Old 04-07-2010, 10:59 AM
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Re: Pillar bedding: Marine-Tex or Acra-Glass gel?

Is Marine-Tex runny or thick like a gel or cream?

Thanks for the replies.

I would use Devcon 10110 however the only two I have available now are MT or AG and I need this done by this weekend. It is prepped and ready to go. I just need to settle on a compound.
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