The Best Bedding Technique

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Rigid epoxy bedding to perfectly mate with the bottom of the receiver and back of the recoil lug secures minimises accuracy-destroying flex in the receiver area.
Rigid epoxy bedding to perfectly mate with the bottom of the receiver and back of the recoil lug allows minimal accuracy-destroying flex in the receiver area.

Q: I just acquired a very nice Winchester Model 70 rifle with a walnut stock, but the action isn't snugly bedded in the stock and is really a rather loose fit. Hence accuracy is pretty poor and I am going to get a gunsmith to rebed this rifle for me. What kind of bedding system would you recommend?
Bruce Carter

A: I find the most reliable bedding system is one where pillar bedding is used in conjunction with epoxy under the action which is extended for about 50mm or so ahead of the receiver ring under the barrel and then free-floated the rest of the way. This makes tolerances much tighter and leaves nothing to chance.

relieving the barrel channel, so it floats free of the barrel from the receiver, or a few inches forward of it, is a proven accuracy gainer in a majority of cases with normal barrel weights.
Relieving the barrel channel, so it floats free of the barrel from the receiver is a proven accuracy gainer in a majority of cases with normal barrel weights.

 

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