installing a rail?

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  1. emn83

    emn83 Well-Known Member

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    So, I am looking at etting an Atlas Bi-pod. To do that I need to install a rail, I was looking at the Accu-Shot 3.35" 1913 Rail (BT15) I was planning on using my sling stud for one fastener. Here's my problem, I have a Stockade stock with the Aluminum bedding block. Am I asking for trouble trying to install this myself? I'm pretty confident with my tools, but this is a first for me.

    Any thoughts/Advice are very welcome
     
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    sp6x6 Well-Known Member

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    If you are in the alum. I would guess you drill and tap.I have the Seekins SRS rails on 2 rifles,they have a sling hole and I used allen cap screw.Had to add one on a Lonewolf.
     

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    thanks for the advice. I Emailed Stockade to see if the bedding block actually does go all the way. will have to see if they get back to me
     
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    Pull stock and look at area.My Lone wolf was a kevlar glass, so I used a nice bronze nut that was oversized and epoxied in,put wax on screw for removal
     
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    did that last night...the glass wrap completely covers the stock, so the block is covered...unfortunately for me
     
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    removed the sling stud, and the block goes at least that far, which is like 2 inches from the end of the stock. Looks like I'll be learning how to drill and tap into Aluminum, then install with some 832 or 1032 screws.

    This is the rail I'm planning on using. Will order it tonight so I can get it and start some planning as far as how I'm going to situate it. It says I can use the sling stud for one fastener, dependig on how that looks, that could save be drilling 2 holes. Won't be getting the bipod for a while, but this will give me something to do
     
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    You do use stud as one end,then I match threads with a allen cap for other.On my SRS rail it has sling hole built in,so I attach w/2 allen for clean look.
     
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    I picked up some button head allen screws and a 10-32 tap set. assuming my rail comes this week, I'll be in a good position to get things going.
     
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    out of curiosity, I tried one of the 10-32 screws I got in the tapped hole for the swivel stud. looks like that was tapped 10-32 also.

    Now thinking, and this will wait until I have the rail and bi-pod, that I may mount the rail using that hole, and the new one I drill, but replace the swivel stud with one of the button head screws, and buy a picatinny swivel mount, so I can be sire that my Bi-pod is mounted ahead of the sling. Thoughts?

    Also, I'm looking for something to do some practice drilling/tapping on before going after the rifle.
     
  10. sp6x6

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    Type of sling and carry determine stud mount.I use a safari sling.My SRS rail has a sling hole and it works better forward for me,the other way use to catch under scope.Use the right size drill for tap,which is slightly smaller.Then use a drop of oil to make cutting smoother,if to hard, reverse and clockwise again.Do not force,easy to break small taps.
     
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    Thanks for the advice. The drill and tap came together, so "in theory" it should be right

    I don't use a sling most of the time, so I can take some time looking. A safari sling looks good.

    I'll post pics when I get the rail and get the project going
     
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    Rail arrives today. Going to get things set up so I can do my drilling, tapping, installing this week
     
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    I am waiting for a rail,srs,but I think it might be on back order.
     
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    got home...got the second hole aligned, drilled and tapped...the screw threaded perfectly...put the rail on...and realized I got 2 10-32 1/2in screws, and I needed the second one to be a 3/4in because the glass is thicker at the other end, and I need a longer screw to reach the bedding block...looks like I'll be heading to the hardware store later this week....at least I didn't mess up the drilling and tapping