Nervous about bedding my rifle...

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by megastink, Dec 17, 2012.

  1. megastink

    megastink Well-Known Member

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    I really want to learn how to pillar bed a stock and bed an action. I just bought a Savage 111 .270 with a laminate stock that would be a great opportunity to learn. I have called every gunsmith near me (eastern PA) and no one is willing or has the time. I'd rather learn from someone that has done it before, and that has all the tools necessary.

    How did you learn to bed? Did someone teach you, or did you watch instructional videos? Is this process easier than I think it is? Any suggestions for learning?

    Thanks! Happy holidays!
     
  2. royinidaho

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    Do some searches on here.

    Use the google search in the upper right of the forum screen.

    Here's the first hit I came up with.

    Bedding A Rifle

    For the pillars simply follow the instructions that come with.

    The secret is the release agent. The anxiety peaks when the barreled action doesn't simply fall out of the stock after setting the appropriate time.:rolleyes: BTW, it never simply falls out, the first time.:D

    I use a paste wax such as minwax. Have been using the same can for years.

    If you can hang a picture on the wall, square you can do this.:)

    Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!!!
     

  3. Joel Russo

    Joel Russo Official LRH Sponsor

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    PM me your phone number and I'll either walk you through the process, or you can come watch me do a complete pillar bedding job.

    I hate the fact that most guys think this is some kind of super secret voodoo stuff, and are not willing to help or teach a guy.
     
  4. royinidaho

    royinidaho Writers Guild

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    Joel,

    You are a good man!!!
     
  5. JackinSD

    JackinSD Well-Known Member

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    +1. It should be about helping a guy out.
     
  6. megastink

    megastink Well-Known Member

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    Wow, Joel, thanks!!! Where are you from? I live near Quakertown, Pa. PM me if that's what you prefer.
     
  7. Joel Russo

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    I'm in Harrisburg now, used to live in Orefield. I'll pm you my number.
     
  8. megastink

    megastink Well-Known Member

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    Ha! I'm sitting in the bass pro shops parking lot right now!!!! Funny. Message received. I'll contact you soon!
     
  9. Bughole

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    Theres no mystery to bedding. Practice does make perfect though. It's mostly a quality thing. Take the time to prep things and fit them right. Pay attention all of the way through. A mill really helps but isnt necessary to do a good shooting bedding job just one that looks good. And when you go to pull the first one apart you will be nervous. It's actually fun to do and gives alot of satisfaction knowing that you did it yourself. You might consider bedding a beater rifle or maybe your buddies gun before you do your own! HA,HAgun)
     
  10. Kenrup

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    I too sat on pins and needles doing my first stock bedding job. I don't think I slept the night the bedding was setting up. My heart fell through the floor when the barrel didn't release on the first try. But a little more persuading and it all worked out great. This video clip is by Larry Potterfield of Midway USA on bedding. Gunsmithing - Glass Bedding a Rifle Stock Presented by Larry Potterfield of MidwayUSA - YouTube of course he would like you to buy the products but his approach is straight forward and a matter of fact. It's not rocket science or brain surgery. All the posted advice is dead on and will see you through to success. No guts no glory, go for it!