Using marine tex for bedding scope base?

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  1. arthurj

    arthurj Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys, I am going to bed a scope base to a rifle in the next few days. I used brownells steel bed for my last rifle's base but I'm out of that. I've got some marine tex on hand, is this suitable for the scope base or should I go get some Devcon? Also what can I use for a release agent?
     
  2. chris matthews

    chris matthews Well-Known Member

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    Marine Tex will work just fine. Any release will work....the spray, paste wax, a very light film of grease, Pam, etc.
     

  3. arthurj

    arthurj Well-Known Member

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    Alright, thanks Chris, I just wanted to be sure. I know it is great for pillar bedding, i don't know why I doubted it for a scope base!
     
  4. davewilson

    davewilson Well-Known Member

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    does it really help, is it necessary to bed the bases?
     
  5. arthurj

    arthurj Well-Known Member

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    To be honest Dave, I don't know how necessary it is. The talk about the stress that comes from torquing a base down that is not an exact fit to the action makes perfect sense to me. I don't know if i would ever be able to diagnose a problem due to a stressed mount system, but I feel a lot better just eliminating any possibility of a problem.
     
  6. chris matthews

    chris matthews Well-Known Member

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    But it needs to be bedded properly....or you have a stressed but perfectly bedded base and don't really gain anything.
     
  7. 257speed

    257speed Well-Known Member

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    I'll bite Chris, what IS the proper way to bed scope bases, to insure a no stress fit?
     
  8. arthurj

    arthurj Well-Known Member

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    I really hope I just did this right! As it was only my second base to bed! I just finished bedding it an hour ago. I found which side fit best(which for me was the rear of the base) put on the epoxy, then barely snugged up the screws on the back. I just engaged the front screws, without any pressure on the base.

    The first base I did seemed to fit much better, I couldn't figure which was best so I put on the epoxy then just engaged the screws, then laid a lapping bar in the rings with a small sand bag on it.
     
  9. Eaglet

    Eaglet Well-Known Member

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    Chris,
    I'm biting with 257speed... talk to us. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif