My first bedding job...success!!!


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Ridgerunner665
November 15, 2012, 07:03 PM
Here is the bedding after trimming and fitting.

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc137/Ridgerunner665/2012-11-14_20-33-23_954.jpg

Far from perfect, but it seems to be working though...this rifle will now shoot any ammo you feed it into lil tiny groups...and to the same point of aim (@ 100 yds), regardless of bullet weight.

I've shot reloads with 150 SST's, 165 AB's, 168 BT's, and 175 Berger VLD's...every single load hit 2.75" high at 100 yards (sighted in for 250)...I fired a 5 round group that measured barely 1 MOA, using 5 different bullets (one of each from above and 1 Remington factory 180 grain CoreLokt load).

My 168 grain BT load shoots .3"
The 150 SST's shoot .7"
The 165 AB's shoot .5"
The 175 Bergers shoot .3"

Factory ammo...
Winchester cheap stuff...165 grain shoots .7"
Remington cheap stuff...180n grain shoots .5"
Winchester PowerMax Bonded 180 grain shoots .4" (this is really good factory ammo, also shot well in this rifle before bedding)

Like I said...after bedding, it'll shoot anything you feed it...before bedding, it shot pretty bad with most factory ammo, and pretty good with some reloads...now it just plain shoots!

I went to the range I recently joined yesterday...and was making 600 yard head shots (steel heads, steel silhouettes shaped sorta like an upper torso) even with that cheap factory ammo.

I was too busy shooting to take any pics...but I am a happy camper!

I'll try to take a nice pic of the finished rifle tomorrow :grin:

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Welding Rod
November 15, 2012, 09:06 PM
Sweet! Those are excellent results. I hope to try some bedding this summer.

Ridgerunner665
November 15, 2012, 10:35 PM
Remember these words when you get ready to do your bedding...

PREP WORK IS EVERYTHING...

The stock will need some tweaking here and there..check everything (ride height, center, cant, pillar contact)....then check it again!

That applies no matter who made the stock...my McMillan needed a lot of work before it was ready.

WNTFW
November 16, 2012, 03:32 PM
Not too far from perfect. Looks great.

The prep work is the key. If something is not right mixing epoxy won't magically transform it into perfection.

I can see why you are happy with it.

What Bedding material & release agent did you use?

Ridgerunner665
November 16, 2012, 10:21 PM
I used MarineTex epoxy and Kiwi neutral shoe polish for release agent.

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