Proper accuracy bedding of your Stock

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  1. Greg Duerr

    Greg Duerr Well-Known Member

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    So just how important is your stock bedding to your rifles accuracy? And how do you know if your rifle stock was bedded in such a way so that your rifle will shoot with the utmost accurate loads


    For all your know you might just be assuming that your Smith did a good job and spend time and effort trying to get you handloads and your rifle to shoot the groups you had hoped when in reality you poor bedding job wont let you.......................for me Im just relying on someones elses work ethic I would not know if it was done right or not. I would hate to find out years later that, sorry, your rifle was not bedded right and ..................So how do you know.

    Greg
     
  2. chrishatley

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    Who has a rifle built, and never takes it apart? A nasty bedding job should be easy to spot.
     

  3. Greg Duerr

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    What about a nasty Pillar bedding job?........................In your opinion............

    I shot five five shot groups that averaged .664 at 100yards....................19 badger Good or Bad?
     
  4. chrishatley

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    Mabey check to see that the action screws do not contact the insides of the pillars when tight. I do this by drilling out my pillars after the beddeding job is complete. Nothing huge, just a couple sizes over.
     
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  6. WildRose

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    How do you know your brain surgeon really got the tumor and not your left testicle?

    Sometimes you actually have to take it on faith that when you pay a professional to do a job and do it well, they are going to do so.

    You can also see telltale signs of movement if the bedding is not done well.
     
  7. kcebcj

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    Why in the world would you pick a smith to work on or build a rifle that was not competent?
     
  8. Greg Duerr

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    Competant or not ......................NO one does it right everytime. We might want to think we do, but then that is only human. Even the best Gunsmiths do make mistakes, and hope it does not show up. NO one builds a rifle that will shoot in the .1 or .2 all the time.

    Ever notice that horses are a lot like motorcycles................its not if your going to have an accident its when. I dont hunt with horses and I dont hunt with quads...............some things are best left at home.
     
  9. WildRose

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    Bedding an action and floating a barrel are not anywhere near as involved as building a gun from scratch.

    It's easy to see if a gun is properly bedded. You can't tell looking at one however what the tolerances are or how far things are out of square in the action/barrel.

    No not every gunsmith gets it perfect every time. The good one's however stand behind their work and fix their mistakes at their own costs.

    When tolerances are measured in ten thousandths an accumulation of tolerances builds very quickly.

    With bedding and floating, it's much easier to see what is right and what is wrong, even for a relative layman.
     
  10. Greg Duerr

    Greg Duerr Well-Known Member

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    Thanks ............................now your answer makes sence.
     
  11. budlight

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    Did you click on the link and see what Darrel Holland had to say? Proper bedding is just supporting the action area to the stock with no stock contacting forward of the front pillar block.

    Would you like to barrow a Led Sled to dial it in?
     
  12. WildRose

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    No that's not quite what he states.


    He's definitely bedding between the front pillar and the recoil lug and free floating between the pillars.
     
  13. budlight

    budlight Well-Known Member

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    That is why I said to read it so I didn't have to type it all out.
     
  14. WildRose

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    Just clarifying. Too many people try to speed read and take what we say as "it" without reading the reference material.gun)