Is there any reason to bed a rifle that is shooting well enough?

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    FIGJAM Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

    Sep 1, 2013
    What does bedding the rifle accomplish at this point? Nothing in my opinion other than to be able to tell people it is bedded. There will be no value added.
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  2. mohsey

    mohsey Member

    May 8, 2019
    I would leave well enough alone unless you encounter issues with it in the future that could be satisfied by bedding.
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  3. Toydy

    Toydy Active Member

    Jul 4, 2015
    If it's not broke, don't fix it
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  4. cynicrit

    cynicrit Well-Known Member

    Apr 27, 2014
    Short answer: NO. Unless you must have a tack driver, leave well enough alone.
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  5. reloaderlen

    reloaderlen Well-Known Member

    Aug 18, 2011
    It comes down to the climate that I hunt in vs the climate I sighted it in.
    I purchased the same very rifle for my wife when they first came out with the lady hunter. Loaded a few different loads and she shot clover leafs with the loads.
    She had several months to practice and get familiar with the rifle . We have our own range here at the house and she could hit a 6” plate all day at
    400 yards. She killed a couple deer early in the season then we had a hard freeze. Long story short she missed a real nice one . I took the Rifle and shot it myself and it was terribly off. Two days later it warmed up and it was back dead on.
    I bedded it with devcon and no problems since.
    I would take it and have it bedded
    If I didn’t feel comfortable doing it myself. It’s really not that hard. If it doesn’t turn out like you would like
    Then just grind out the bedding and do over. As long as you apply plenty of release agent . Memories are made and the ones that hurt are the ones that you can’t relive or those you ask yourself would it have turned out differently if I had only spent a few more dollars?
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  6. foul bore

    foul bore Well-Known Member

    Feb 1, 2016
    I bedded my m77 Ruger 22-250 the recoil lug required a lot of thinking for me, I did not want to lock it in the stock. It came out nice and cut groups in 1/2. floated barrel as well. If it had been shooting as good as the one mentioned I would have left it alone.
  7. Litehiker

    Litehiker Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2012
    If it has a wood stock YES, bed it with a good "filled" epoxy like Marine Tex. Wood will absorb moisture or dry out, changing pressure on the rifle either way.
    Otherwise if a synthetic stock leave well enough alone.

    Eric B.
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  8. Tommo64

    Tommo64 Active Member

    Nov 29, 2018
    You now have a tack driver. If it ain't broke, don't mess with it, especially as its intended use is for hunting. If you were intending to use it for extreme long range hunting or serious comping, well that's a different story. Just my 2c's.
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  9. chirodr1

    chirodr1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 16, 2015
    I have to go with the "If it ain't broke don't fix it crowd". My son built me a 6.5 Creedmoor barreled action for Father's Day 3 years ago. It is based on a Remington short action and I did not have a good stock for it. I was going to put a McMillan on it but delivery was 4 or 5 months out and I could not wait to shoot it. I put it in a synthetic varmint stock I had laying around. No bedding, and no pillars. The rifle shot in the .4's and .5's. with Hornady 140 Eld-m's and 143 Eld-x's. Then the 147's became available and it shot even better, and now regularly shoots in the .2's and occassionally in the .1's. Best group so far was a 200 yard 3 shot group of .094". I have the McMillan stock but I doubt I will ever use it for this rifle.
  10. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

    Jul 29, 2004

    Bedding is always a good idea, But when a rifle shoots that well the old saying That "If it an't broke don't fix it" is good to follow.

    You can always bed later if accuracy falls off (It normally does after a certain time and shots).

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  11. Greyfox

    Greyfox Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2008
    Over the years, quite a few bedding issues with initially nice shooting rifles showed up later, and, during a hunt or match in different conditions. At the very least, I will make sure the barrel is fully floated, and the face of the recoil lug and tang contact area skim coated with epoxy. I find the Savages(particularly the Accu-Stock), the most difficult to tune and adjust bedding screw torque, and it’s effect on accuracy. Most, out of them right out of the box, have had loose bedding screws.
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  12. RevJim

    RevJim Well-Known Member

    Dec 25, 2014
    My first rifle I ever had bedded was a Mod 700 BDL 7mm Mag, back in 83. In '82 I had an opportunity to hunt elk in November, Colorado. My rifle shot well in East Tx, 70ft above sea level, no colder than 35 degs sometimes, mostly still high 60's, but rained a lot. My rifle was not bedded, and I go up to close to 9000ft, snow and below freezing. No elk that trip, legs really got sore! ha When I got home, the rifle didn't shoot as well. It seemed the dryer Colorado air had messed with my stock. I had it bedded (no pillars, which I now prefer) and the barrel floated. It even shot better. So changes in weather/humidity, etc can have an affect on the wood stock. Here in Utah, in the early 90's I had a MKII ruger 338WM and a Mod 700 280 Mountain Rifle, unbedded, that shot great. I didn't mess with them at all.
  13. silverhair

    silverhair Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2019
    You're sub-MOA now. If the groups start to open to MOA or worse, then consider other action. But if that happens, there are several things to do before bedding including checking the torque on the action bolts and rings, and whether the scope is jumping our of zero. Maybe consider testing with a different kind of ammo.
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