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Glass Bedding for Replacement Stock
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I purchased a Howa 1500 7mm Rem Mag a couple of years back. Only $400 NIB OTD sold by an old guy at Oaks.

It is a very nice shooting rifle and very good quality for the price.

The only issue I have with it is the very cheap and flimsy stock.

I purchased a thumbhole stock from Boyds. I dropped the receiver and barrel in and it fits relatively nicely. There is very little room between the stock and receiver, and Boyds recommends glass bedding the the stock to prevent shifting of the receiver which would affect recoil. The bedding kit should be here in a few days.

Is there any advice pertaining to the bedding process and any pitfalls to avoid?

Thanks

MrPeanut
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#2
Make sure you use the release agent where you need to. If you don't you can glue your action in the stock.
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Warpt762x39;25540 Wrote:Make sure you use the release agent where you need to. If you don't you can glue your action in the stock.

I doesn't look as though I need to remove any material from the stock.

The accidental permanent gluing is definitely a little intimidating.
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#4
study the action and stock make sure there are no holes or resses in the action that the glass would form into to make a pin to hold the action in the stock.

if you do happen to stick the stock to the rifle. put it in the freazer over night. then take the rifle out and fire it. that will break it lose some times.
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#5
For the bets bedding job use Devcon 10110. Use Kiwi clear/neutral shoe polish as a release agent. Acraglass isn't nearly as strong and shrinks a bit. It also hardens a bit too fast and it's hard to see if you have a smudge of that stuff on the stock.

While you're at it, you may want to consider installing pillars. Brownells sells them for cheap.

As for the process, I wrap the barrel in electrical tape at one place to maintain space from the forearm and guarantee a free floated barrel. I'm not a fan of full bedding unless you can't get a lightweight barrel to shoot.

When I lay in the mud, I use plumbers putty or modeling clay to build "dams" if I want to keep the mud out of certain areas. Try to keep the mud away from the receiver holes and coat the screws entirely with release agent. I like to install the bottom metal and lightly wind in the action screws to align a loose fit and then back them off so as not to bind the action. You want the action sitting on a nice solid platform of bedding. You do, however, want to pay attention to how the action sits int eh stock (too high, too low?) as you can adjust this with bedding and/or the pillars.
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#6
The deed is done. It was actually pretty easy.

Taped everything off. Put two coats of release compound on. Dipped the screws in release compound. Mixed the bedding with black dye and buttered the stock. Inserted receiver and barrel and cleaned off the excess after tightening down.

Got home and it lifted out after one knock with a rubber hammer. No interference with the action.

I'll see how it shoots this coming weekend.

Thanks to everyone here and at PAFOA for their advice.
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