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#1 regularguy

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 04:57 AM

I have a rifle that I believe may be helped with glass bedding, I have watched all of the youtube videos and I understand that it is a simple process for Larry Potterfield but for me I have concerns. Im looking for a suggestion on a gun smith that would be willing to perform this task for me, I would perfer not to ship the rifle, so Wisconsin to St. Louis would be an area that I could deliver it in maybe slightly further for the right person with a lot of experience. Im hoping that someone on the site has some experience with a smith that did this work for them, if so please let me know. Thanks in advance.

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 05:25 AM

never mind I just reread and saw that your at the other end of the state 


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Posted 11 July 2018 - 06:51 AM

What kind of rifle is it?



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Posted 11 July 2018 - 08:22 AM

More details on what you've got and what you want out of it?
Sometimes there are some simple things you can try yourself first.

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 09:53 AM

I was also afraid of bedding mine. It is a Ruger mark II action which is supposed to be a real pain. I was super afraid of permanently attaching the action and stock but was pleased with the results.

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 02:18 PM

I've looked into the process. From what I read there is a release agent applied so the action and barrel aren't  permanently affixed to the stock. 

 

I'm not exactly sure about the process, but it looks like that shouldn't be an issue. 



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Posted 11 July 2018 - 06:22 PM

I've looked into the process. From what I read there is a release agent applied so the action and barrel aren't  permanently affixed to the stock. 
 
I'm not exactly sure about the process, but it looks like that shouldn't be an issue.

I bedded mine with JB weld and used WD-40 as release agent. Worked like a champ. Masked off all screw holes in receiver and plugged all the pertinent stuff in stock with tape/plumbers putty.

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 06:25 PM

Check with Sawyer Nichols at Five Rings Armory in Carbondale. He's a very good young TRAINED gunsmith with a depth of experience that belies his age.

Bedding is a great treat for a rifle and isn't terribly complicated for someone with the knowledge and skill. I've done a few Remingtons and a Mauser. All have come out superbly.

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 06:57 PM

The rifle is an A17 Savage and I understand that 17 hmr is not a super accurate round and maybe the rifle isnt the most acurate either, but I am getting some fliers that I believe are unacceptable. I have gone through the rifle to ensure that the action is secure, I have made sure that it is as clean as possible. The scope is a decent middle of the road Leupold and is tight. My goal with the glass bedding is simply to bring in the fliers and if my groups were tighter that would be an added bonus.

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 06:47 AM

Don't discount the accuracy of the 17 HMR, it can be a very accurate rifle.  I had a Savage that would do what  you are mentioning, I ended up trading it off.  A few friends of mine all had Marlin heavy barrels with laminated stocks and they were extremely accurate.  Baldwin Gun Works in Marion is a very good gunsmith for such a project.

What kind of stock do you have on the rifle now?



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Posted 12 July 2018 - 11:28 AM

The stock on the rifle now is the wood laminate stock that it came with, I thought about changing to a Boyds stock but that just adds to the cost and I would still likely need the glass bedding. Unfortunately the smith suggestions are so far away, I live in Ottawa and those are serious road trips.

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 04:46 PM

The stock on the rifle now is the wood laminate stock that it came with, I thought about changing to a Boyds stock but that just adds to the cost and I would still likely need the glass bedding. Unfortunately the smith suggestions are so far away, I live in Ottawa and those are serious road trips.


Ship it.

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Posted 13 July 2018 - 04:51 PM

The stock on the rifle now is the wood laminate stock that it came with, I thought about changing to a Boyds stock but that just adds to the cost and I would still likely need the glass bedding. Unfortunately the smith suggestions are so far away, I live in Ottawa and those are serious road trips.


Ha, I'm a short jaunt from you (Tonica) and grew up in Ottawa. Been following this thread because I've thought about bedding my Mark II and just caught that.

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Posted 14 July 2018 - 08:24 AM

I use a gunsmith in Plainfield and he is great. He has worked on several of my guns and I highly recommend him. Don't know if he does this work, but it's worth a call. I have a gun in his shop now and know that he is closed until next Tuesday, July 17.

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Posted 04 August 2018 - 04:28 PM

Okay, as follow up to this topic, I thought I would make one additional post to let you know how I made out. I didn't want to tackle the glass bedding project by myself, but after watching some youtube videos I came to the conclusion that I was now an expert and I dug in.

I used a dremel tool to mill out some of the material around the recoil lug and tang area, I used Devcon steel putty as the bedding material and shoe polish as my release agent, I filled screw holes with modeling clay and built a dam of clay to keep the bedding material from running too far on the stock. I taped the action in the stock for a couple days just to ensure that the bedding material was set. One issue I did have was the bedding material ran into the mag well and I didn't realize it nor did I plan for it with release agent (shoe polish), I had to cut that out with the dremel. The project was pretty easy on a Savage A17 it is probably much different on other guns.

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I shot this group with the rifle after the glass bedding, the conditions were perfect and I could probably never do it again, but thats 5 shots through 2 holes at 100 yards. I think thats pretty solid for a rimfire at 100 yards with a 55 year old man shooting it, at least now I know the rifle can do it. Im sure its hard to see in a picture, but I measured the group at 5/8.

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Posted 04 August 2018 - 05:00 PM

That's as good a group as anyone would want!! Nice work!!

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