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What does "bed the receiver" mean?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by krustoleum, Mar 17, 2008.

  1. krustoleum

    krustoleum Member

    I'm on the hunt for the perfect rifle. I read on one of the M1A threads that bedding the receiver gives you better accuracy. What does that mean?

    Also, how does a trigger affect accuracy?
  2. R.W.Dale

    R.W.Dale Well-Known Member

    Well you see; when a rifle action and stock really love one another..........



    .......... by then the Dwarves have.......


    ..............saved by the good graces of Rupert Murdoch.......



    And that's how the mini 14 came into being

    the end
  3. R.W.Dale

    R.W.Dale Well-Known Member

    sorry the devil made me do it:banghead:
  4. dakotasin

    dakotasin Well-Known Member

    bedding the receiver is a simple procedure where epoxy is used to create a perfect fit between the rifle and stock.

    it isn't hard to do, but you must do it right the first time or you could have big problems. most of my rifles are glass bedded, and i'm going to do a 7 rum tonight...
  5. Mr White

    Mr White Well-Known Member

    Wood gives, epoxy doesn't. When you bed your action, you get a much more consistent lockup between the stock and the action.

    Bed the stock and float the barrel and your rifle will be much more accurate.

    The trigger doesn't so much make the rifle more accurate as it makes you more accurate. A lighter and smoother trigger requires less force to break and less force exerted on the gun. Its a lot easier to keep the gun steady when pulling back 2-1/2# than when pulling back 7#.
  6. 30Cal

    30Cal Well-Known Member

    An M14 is pretty complicated to bed. There are dozens of potential mistakes that can only be fixed with a saw. I'm no pro, but it takes me 4-5 separate batches of epoxy to d a good job while keeping epoxy from going into places it shouldn't (left, then right pillars, receiver, trigger group then a skim layer to fix whatever didn't come out right).

  7. rangerruck

    rangerruck Well-Known Member

    another more simple way to think of it, is you want a TIIIGGGGHHHHT FIT, when you drop your receiver/action down into it's little area. Another cheapy way to go about this, is to shim up the sides, and the bottom of the action, with aluminum tape. this works especially great if you have gummy, cheapy , flimsy synthetic stock, such as what Savage uses on it's MK II rimfires.
  8. MidMichBlue

    MidMichBlue Member

    Usually, the first few inches of the barrel is bedded along with the action, raising the rest of the barrel up and away from the front of the stock, "free-floating" it so that the barrel isn't affected by the wood as it swells/warps due to rise/drop in humidity, temperature,etc. All wood does this to some extent, and there's virtually nothing you can do to prevent it.
  9. 30Cal

    30Cal Well-Known Member

    Match tuned M14's are typically not freefloated. When you bed it, you fixture the rifle such that you'll end up with the forend pulling 5-20lbs of pressure on the barrel. It helps damped out all the odd vibrations you get when you start hanging moving parts on the barrel.
  10. Ratshooter

    Ratshooter Well-Known Member

    Hey don't believe these guys. It has nothing to do with rifles. Its all about football players and cheerleaders.
  11. TexasRifleman

    TexasRifleman Moderator Emeritus

    It means you spend some money with Brownells and get a bunch of epoxy all over your step-mothers dining table and get grounded.

    Well, that's what it meant to me when I was 17...... seemed like a good idea at the time.....
  12. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Well-Known Member

    30Cal, good looking job on your M1A. They are not like your typical bolt action when bedding, that's for sure.
  13. H2O MAN

    H2O MAN member

    It's pretty simple to bed an M14 type rifle.

    Put it in a SAGE EBR stock ~ :)

    The SAGE delivers tension bedding that never wears out no matter how often you R&R the action.
    The SAGE semi-free floats the barrel forward of the op rod guide block and provides a tight trigger group lock up.
    The gas system is shimmed (unitized).

    Some don't like the look of the SAGE EBR, but the improvement in accuracy tends to make it look just fine to those that own them.

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