Securing bases

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  1. tlk

    tlk Well-Known Member

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    What do you use to secure your bases to the receiver (other than the screws)? What kind of glue, etc are you putting in between there?

    Thanks.
     
  2. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    Just a little bedding compound to cover the base footprint.

    Clean the bottom of the base and the top of the reciever before applying the bedding compound.

    Don't use a lot of bedding compound, as it will be forced in to the screw holes and they will
    become almost permanent.

    You can use a little floor wax on the screws to prevent them from sticking.

    Wipe off any excess before it cures.

    After it cures , you can remove the bases by placing the rifle in the freezer over night, and using
    a plastic hammer or a wooden dowel (Something that wont make a mark) strike the base and it
    will release.

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  3. tlk

    tlk Well-Known Member

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    What poundage are you torquing the screws to?
     
  4. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    Do a search on "Torque Recommendations" and you will find the torque for all of the screws
    and bolts on a firearm.

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  5. rscott5028

    rscott5028 Well-Known Member

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    JE,

    Do you consider it sufficiently beneficial to cut an X using a dremmel in the top of the receiver and/or bottom of the rail to provide extra grip for the bedding compound?

    thanks,
    richard
     
  6. tlk

    tlk Well-Known Member

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    OK JE, completed per your instructions. Looks very nice and clean. Question: do I leave the screws with the wax on them? Wondering if it would cause them to loosen.

    Thanks for your help with this.
     
  7. J E Custom

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    I don't recomend doing any roughing up on the reciever( The bedding will adhere to it if it is clean).

    Once the bedding has cured remove one screw at a time and clean the screw. Next apply one
    small drop of the non Harding Lock tight to the screw and install before removing the other screw.

    Repeat the process with the other screws.

    The main function of the bedding is to make 100% contact with the bases and reciever.

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  8. tlk

    tlk Well-Known Member

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    You were right - a little went a LONG way. Right up into the screws as you said. The wax saved the day, though. Screws cleaned and hit with locktite, very solid.

    Have one question: I get that the main reason for the bedding is for 100% receiver/base contact. But do you ever put any kind of glue under them to assist the screws or do you just rely upon them mostly? Not going to redo the job, just curious more than anything. Guess the bedding does a pretty good job of that, though.
     
  9. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    You will find out how well the bedding compound sticks to the reciever if you try to remove the
    bases. It not only sticks the bases down,it gives a 100% contact area. and as stated early the best way to remove them
    is to freeze them.

    The bright side is that rings can be changed without removing the bases.(Different heights
    or different sizes 1" to 30mm.

    God luck.

    J E CUSTOM
     
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