Originally Posted by yobuck
good informative article. my only comment would be the use of acra glass gel from brownells. i feel its much easier to use.
I agree with you Yobuck,
I glass bedded my first & only bolt action rifle 40 years ago with Brownells Acrglas. I followed their instructions with a couple of minor changes. I just had the stock off last night and it fit as snug as it ever did. No resistance lifting it out of the stock and no play in the fit between the stock and action putting it back together. I especially like their release agent. I think it was one of the reasons it fit so good.
I used a rotary hand grinder to remove a layer of wood approximately 1/8"- 3/16" everywhere I wanted the bedding to go. I believe the layer of thicker bedding made the stock stronger in that area and also completely sealed the wood from any moisture that might get in that area.
I can understand keeping the bottom of the lug from being bedded to avoid problems from heat expansion, but it's completely beyond me why the back side of the lug should be relieved to avoid the bedding to touch it. Id the action can move rearward, it could conceivably move backwards when it's fired. Especially on hard kicking big bores. Why would anyone want to depend on the action screw to keep the action from moving rearward. Also, why would the action moving rearward be a good thing?
Maybe there's a good reason I can't think of. Anyone that knows a good logical reason, please educate me. Sometimes the answer is right in front of my nose & I can't see it.