Bedding Compound - yes I've searched

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by Quarterhorse, Nov 24, 2013.

  1. Quarterhorse

    Quarterhorse Member

    Nov 17, 2013
    I've read until my eyes hurt on various forums on what compound to use to bed my rifle stock while I wait for dies. I'm thinking about JB Weld and mixing it then let it sit for a few to thicken up. I've already confiscated play dough from my son who was more than willing to give it up for working on a rifle haha.
    I've heard Devcon, but then which one? I've heard a few others too but I'm back to ordering and I haven't seen where JB doesn't work and I can buy that buy the gallon for inexpensive.
    Have you guys had good success with it? I plan on cleaning the snot out of the stock with brake clean and using a TON of KIWI neutral shoe polish for a release agent. Using the play dough to dam up where I don't want it to go, and taping the barrel to make sure it's free floated. I'm also using long bolts and cutting the heads off to thread into the action to poke down through the stock, with a ton of KIWI on those as well. I don't want to mess up the rifle but do want to learn to do this and start building my own rifles.
    FWIW this is being on a non-accutrigger Savage model 11.
    Thoughts on this?
  2. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

    Jul 29, 2004
    I have tried most if not all the bedding compounds and to me the most user friendly bedding compound is the Steel bed from Brownells.

    It has good work time, is the right consistency (Doesn't run) , cures in 24 hours,holds up on magnum rifles for a long time.

    Can be trimmed after about 2 hours depending on the air temp(Before it hardens all the way and has to be ground out
    and Paste wax works great as a release agent,

    It is designed specifically for bedding and mixes 50 x 50 for ease and consistency.


  3. WapitiBob

    WapitiBob Well-Known Member

    Oct 16, 2011
    I used JB Quick on a scope direct mount, too thick for me. I use Brownells accraglass for stocks.
    You don't need a ton of Kiwi, apply then polish but not remove. Don't use PAM, too thick and micro pools when you drop the action down.
  4. Quarterhorse

    Quarterhorse Member

    Nov 17, 2013
    Thanks fellas, I can't believe how many different things I've read and that guys swear by.
  5. Birdhunter1

    Birdhunter1 Well-Known Member

    Dec 8, 2008
    I second his post. Steelbed is great to work with and molds great to the action. All the machine, proof marks and stamping on the underside of the action on each Savage rifle I have is seen in the bedding. I use Johnson's floor paste wax as a release agent and duct seal to build dams to stop the flow of bedding compound to areas where I don't want it, and clear packing tape for big areas (like the magwell). 2-3 layers of electrical tape on the front and 1 layer on the bottom of the recoil lug.
  6. Iclimb

    Iclimb Well-Known Member

    Aug 4, 2013
    I use JB quick. You might check the LRH bedding thread right below this one, I posted some compressive strength ratings you may be interested in. If it's the first time for you I would shy away from the quick stuff. Also I would consider something you can accurately mix as the strength ratings change with mixing inaccuracies. I stay away from large quantities because I have trouble with Long storage at least with JB...
  7. Derek M.

    Derek M. Well-Known Member

    Jul 12, 2004
    for stock bedding my first choice is ProBed 2000, second is Marine Tex Grey, then Devcon Titanium, then Devcon steel. I have rifles with all. Probed is best in my opinion.
  8. Daveinjax

    Daveinjax Well-Known Member

    May 21, 2012
    I'm using Marine Tex grey and have good results. Devcon works great also. I haven't tried the rest. You don't want to build up the wax , just coat it and light polish. I've been hitting the whole action with Hornady One Shot case lube for insurance just in case I missed a spot. For me the marine tex is easy to find locally in the marine supply stores. Just be sure it's the grey and not white if you use marine tex.
  9. biggdawg

    biggdawg Well-Known Member

    Sep 7, 2012
    I will give another +1 for probed 2000. I did my first bedding job on a rem 700 adl wih the probed kit from midway and it was very easy to work with, had great consistency. It also turned out great.

    i am using it again on my savage 111 6.5-284, just put the pillars in tonight will bed it later in the week.
  10. 300rum

    300rum Well-Known Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Marine tex grey - hands down.
    Then devcom - aluminum putty

    Used both and no problem at all. Marine text works better, comes in small size - what is more then enough for a full bedding rifle. $15.00
    Cures in 4 hours and left overnight for complete cure and strength.
    I'm using graphite powder for mixing to get black colouring.
  11. Clay Target Guy

    Clay Target Guy Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2013
    I have used several over the years but Marine-Tex and Devcon are the two I always go to now.
  12. tinkerer

    tinkerer Well-Known Member

    Jul 12, 2012
    Devcon 10110. Mixed to putty consistency, bonds where it is supposed to, does not where I polish with Johnson Paste Wax, sets up smooth like glass and does not move.

  13. Hired Gun

    Hired Gun Well-Known Member

    Apr 21, 2003
    JB is what came in my master gunsmith kit.

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  14. Dr. Vette

    Dr. Vette Well-Known Member

    Dec 30, 2009
    I've always used Devcon 10110 and it has worked well on the rifles I've done.

    The ProBed 2000 looks very interesting, and in fact I have some but have not yet tried it. I'm just used to Devcon so far.

    Kiwi works great. Rub on, buff off, no issues.