What would be the best way to close a barrel channel?

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  1. Southernfryedyankee

    Southernfryedyankee Well-Known Member

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    I just got a new stock and it appears that the barrel channel will be ALOT wider then any barrel I will eventually use. It looks to be 1 1/4" wide at the forend and would like to get it to almost .900. It is a rifle that I am building in increments so I will not be getting a barrel for it for quite some time. What can be done to close up the barrel channel when the time comes?
     
  2. geargrinder

    geargrinder Well-Known Member

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    I've used Bondo if the gap was small. On bigger gaps I used some sort of 2 part epoxy.
     

  3. Southernfryedyankee

    Southernfryedyankee Well-Known Member

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    Like what you would use to bed an action with. Would it be sandable that I would be able to free float the barrel after?
     
  4. winmagman

    winmagman Well-Known Member

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    Put a layer of blue painters masking tape down the length of the barrel then cover that with a layer or two of duct tape(to your taste) on top of that. Then just bed it like you would an action. Once you remove the tape you should have a free floated barrel, if you have a tight spot you can sand it down.

    Chris
     
  5. Southernfryedyankee

    Southernfryedyankee Well-Known Member

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    ok that makes sense. The only thing is I have never bedded an action b4. I think im gonna hire a proffesional for this job. THANK YOU
     
  6. geargrinder

    geargrinder Well-Known Member

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    Exactly.
     
  7. Southpaw

    Southpaw Well-Known Member

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    +1 That's how I've done mine.


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  8. geargrinder

    geargrinder Well-Known Member

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    Make sure you put release agent on the tape. lightbulb

    I stuck the last one. I was pushing on the stock with the barrel resting on the cusion on my chair. When it let loose the barrel launched up and caught me between the eyes. It's been a couple weeks and the swelling has almost gone away.:D
     
  9. trueblue

    trueblue Well-Known Member

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    I would also think about ruffing up the barrel channel of the stock so the bedding bonds well to it.
     
  10. NesikaChad

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    3M makes a 10-15 mil thickness heavy electricians tape that is available in widths that'll wrap a barrel. It's flexible so it'll form to odd contours.

    This is a great tool as it'll allow you to build in your gap as you lay up your resin. Bondo can work for very thin repairs but remember it's a polyester resin and talc. There isn't a whole lot of strength there so if your shooting from a bipod or using this gun in the field it can lead to a crack. An epoxy is a better choice IMO.

    Hope this helped.