Bedding in front of the recoil lug and POI

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by robdaniels, Apr 4, 2014.

  1. robdaniels

    robdaniels Well-Known Member

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    I am getting really to install pillars and then full action bed a wood stock my Remington 700 270 WSM.. I have had B&C stocks, to much flex, and have a HS stock now on a Ruger 300 Win Mag, but another HS stock just isn't in my budget at this time. Just retried this year and still waiting to fully adjust, besides I have always loved the look and feel of a really nice CDL wood stock.

    Any way when bedding the Broughton LT Varmint Sporter barrel I am undecided to bed the first 1.5 to 2 inches of the barrel in front of the recoil lug. In a "Stress Free Bedding" wouldn't the bedding under the first couple of inches of the barrel cause stress once it warmed up and expanded? I don't think that barrel is heavy , 4.5 lbs, 3 inch shank, enough to really require the additional support is it? I would think a totally stress free bedding job would keep the POI very close, cold, warm or fouled. That's what I hopping for anyway.

    Your thoughts please. I am the kind of guy that likes to really understand how things work. Maybe I am over thinking it, but that is why I am asking you guys that have tons more experience than I do.

    Thanks
     
  2. Dgd6mm

    Dgd6mm Well-Known Member

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    Rob, I've bedded them both ways, but never a wood stock. I run a 30" Bull on my model 12 Savage Varmint action without bedding under the barrel in front of the lug with no accuracy issues. This rifle is used for 1000yard F/Class, I get it hot in 22 shot strings and it holds. I have others with bigger and longer barrels without also that are just as good during long strings of fire. In my experience and what I've learned, I will never bed in front again. I just don't think it is needed.
     
  3. robdaniels

    robdaniels Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, I installed pillars and full action bedding today. I free floated the barrel from the recoil lug forward. I'll submit a range report soon.
     
  4. Hired Gun

    Hired Gun Well-Known Member

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    Heat is not the issue. Any forearm pressure transmits directly into the barrel with the barrel pad and stresses the action. Free floated means nothing touching forward of the lug. I prefer free floated barrels.
     
  5. sigsupermatch

    sigsupermatch Well-Known Member

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    I tried my Sendero 300 wby first with action + two inches in front of the lug then removed promptly due to the resulting accuracy loss. Once I removed all of the bedding in front of the lugs the bedding job really paid off.
     
  6. robdaniels

    robdaniels Well-Known Member

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    Thanks folks for all your input. I knew heat was an issue, but didn't really think vibration that far back in a 3 inch shank would cause much. That really helped once I thought it all through.
    Thanks again.
     
  7. Hired Gun

    Hired Gun Well-Known Member

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    What sort of shooting are you doing that heat is an issue?
     
  8. robdaniels

    robdaniels Well-Known Member

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    Oh, I am not shooting anything hot. My load is a 150gr SGK with 66 grains of Magpro doing close to 2900 fps. I keep each shot 5 minutes apart and enjoy myself. I try to keep a constant barrel temperature and my groups are tighter. If I fire say three or four in a row heat then becomes an issue causing the groups to open some. This is my hobby and I enjoy shooting paper out at 500 and 600 yards. Thanks for asking.