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removing and reinstalling stock

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Unread 07-22-2008, 02:04 PM
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Thanks for the FYI. My question was more geared to an unbedded sporter type rifle. Unfortunatly the closest I'll ever be to a gun matching your description (or flying around with it) will be in my dreams....

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Unread 07-23-2008, 12:39 AM
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"stock" stocks. . .

Thanks for the kind words.

Ya' know, there are a great many hard hitting bolt guns out there that are not bedded. A great many. If your stock is synthetic, or if its wood that has been sealed up well, then not much should change either.

Again, here is where the torque wrench is your friend.

Maybe just do a little experiment over the summer. Go the range and shoot as you normally would.

Before leaving, clean the gun.

Next range session, fire 5-10 rounds into the berm to foul the bore. This is to eliminate fliers occurring from shooting on a clean barrel. Then pull the barreled action from the stock and reassemble. (torque wrench the guard screws, no more than 40 inch lbs)

See if there is a zero shift on the gun. Pay attention obviously to the first round fired and then the following ones. Also, pay attention to the weather.

Do this over the course of the summer or hell, even over a solid day of shooting, and save your test targets. Might be interesting to see what comes of it.

you may experience a flier or two and then the rifle settles right back down again. This is not an alarming thing. The indicator of a stock/action-barrel fit problem is when there are significant changes in the gun's no wind zero. A group that changes from center mass to 3 o clock for instance, only to change again next time you pull the action from the stock.

See what you find, good luck.
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