Rem 700 SA putting rail on?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by etisll40, May 17, 2013.

  1. etisll40

    etisll40 Well-Known Member

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    I just got a nice rem 700 vs in 308 Short Action, it has a darkened receiver and barrel from the custom shop. I want to put a rail on. I'd like something mil-spec and top quality.

    Any recommendations on who sells them? also, I'd like it to fit nice, any suggestions on putting it on would help. I watched a video on how he did itand it seemed complicated.

    Is it?

    Thanks
     
  2. 230grRN

    230grRN Well-Known Member

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    If your referring to a rail for scope mounting, it's hard to go wrong with Badger Ordnance for steel rails, for aluminum rails the Seekins Precision rails are hard to beat.

    Mounting isn't all that difficult unless the rail isn't a decent fit to the reciever which may then require some shimming or bedding for a proper fit.
     

  3. etisll40

    etisll40 Well-Known Member

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    Does it really matter if I go aluminum, or is steel better for some reason?

    I think I under stand the need to bed if it isn't a perfect fit. The rings would be stressing the barrel right? As far as using a bedding compound? Or is it better to use a liquid steel and create a shim? What brand do I buy either way?

    Thanks for any help.
     
  4. 230grRN

    230grRN Well-Known Member

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    It's going to come down to personal preference, if you want to save some weight go with the aluminum.

    As far as bedding it goes it only really needs to be done if you trial fit to the reciever and you can see that the rail is flexing while tighten the screws. Some fit really well and others not so much, get one of the not so much ones and there will be no point to using quality rings, because they won't be level with each other anyway.

    This is caused because the front and rear bridge of the Remmys aren't on the same plane and the odds of getting a rail to fit perfectly due to this isn't to great.

    Bedding will fix the issue and if you use quality rings they will be in alignment with each other, and will likely require little or no lapping.
     
  5. kcebcj

    kcebcj Well-Known Member

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    If you don't have a perfect fit rail to receiver you will transfer the ugliness right into the scope tube. If the rail and receiver are close you won't be able to detect the difference with your eye.

    If a smith has the proper tools and knows what he is doing he can install the rail perfectly to the receiver either by bedding it or other means. Once that is done anyone can install a scope without leaving ring marks and not worry about damaging a expensive scope. With my rifles I consider rail installation an important step. I use only Near Mfg. and Seekin's stuff. Spendy but as close to perfect as you can get.
     
  6. shortgrass

    shortgrass Well-Known Member

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    With any scope mounting system you are dealing with what is known as "accumulation of tolerances". Nothing is made 'perfectly', piece after piece. Hence, the need to bed the base if the tolerances are too great, and the need to lap or ream the rings for alinement. When a one piece base, be it a rail or your general 1 piece type, is distorted with screw pressure (the mounting screws) the same kind of stress is induced as is experienced with improper bedding. A stressed one piece base also stresses the scope tube. Quality rails are available from all the common sources, MidWay, Brownells, ect. A quality made rail will not cure all the stress related issues, but , it'll help. "Cheap" parts will just compound the problem.
     
  7. Edd

    Edd Well-Known Member

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    This seems like a good and simple method.

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