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Old 12-04-2011, 02:09 AM   #1
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I have a Remington 700 BDL in 7mm Mag. I've owned it since 1981. It is factory and therefore not pillar bedded. It's extremely accurate, 1/2 MOA.

I'm left handed and just acquired a right handed 700 BDL. It also is 1/2 MOA. I would like to get a left handed stock for a right handed gun. I keep reading where a magnum rifle should be pillar bedded in order for it to be accurate.

Any advice or comments, pro or con,on the subject would be appreciated.



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Old 12-04-2011, 01:42 PM   #2
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If it really shoots 1/2 MOA now, how much do you expect it to improve? And how much difference would it really make if it did? Will the deer know the difference?

Epoxy bedding can make a huge difference in accuracy, IF the rifle has poor bedding to begin with. It's not going to make much difference if the rifle has good solid bedding from the factory, which your rifle apparently does.



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I don't expect it to be better. As I said, I'm left handed and the factory stock is right handed. Therefore, the cheek piece is on thew wrong side. It makes it hard to acquire a good target when my head is in an awkward position to get a line of sight.

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I`m not a fan of piller bedding. I put a piller bedd stock on a Savage 224 TTH and it would shoot 1/2 moa. But after I glass bedded it, it would shoot 1/4 moa. Why settle for for 1/2 of a bedding job? If it`s worth bedding galss bed it. That`s my never to be humble oppenion.

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I`m not a fan of piller bedding. I put a piller bedd stock on a Savage 224 TTH and it would shoot 1/2 moa. But after I glass bedded it, it would shoot 1/4 moa. Why settle for for 1/2 of a bedding job? If it`s worth bedding galss bed it. That`s my never to be humble oppenion.
Openion????? Cool word lol just messin with ya bud, I fully agree if u are gonna bed it then glass bed it
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I don't expect it to be better. As I said, I'm left handed and the factory stock is right handed. Therefore, the cheek piece is on thew wrong side. It makes it hard to acquire a good target when my head is in an awkward position to get a line of sight.
Most aftermarket stocks have an ambadextrous style stock that will work fine for u also try trading it for a lefty gun lot of room to work with unless u just dont want to part with it, in that case get one of the ambadextrous style stocks
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I don't expect it to be better. As I said, I'm left handed and the factory stock is right handed. Therefore, the cheek piece is on thew wrong side. It makes it hard to acquire a good target when my head is in an awkward position to get a line of sight.
My brother is wacky like u he is right handed but loves a left handed bolt so he gets a right hand blank an has a smith finish it for left hand actions?? Yes I know he is wacky. But thats another choice for u
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If it really shoots 1/2 MOA now, how much do you expect it to improve? And how much difference would it really make if it did? Will the deer know the difference?

Epoxy bedding can make a huge difference in accuracy, IF the rifle has poor bedding to begin with. It's not going to make much difference if the rifle has good solid bedding from the factory, which your rifle apparently does.
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I`m not a fan of piller bedding. I put a piller bedd stock on a Savage 224 TTH and it would shoot 1/2 moa. But after I glass bedded it, it would shoot 1/4 moa. Why settle for for 1/2 of a bedding job? If it`s worth bedding galss bed it. That`s my never to be humble oppenion.
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My brother is wacky like u he is right handed but loves a left handed bolt so he gets a right hand blank an has a smith finish it for left hand actions?? Yes I know he is wacky. But thats another choice for u
All of this is good advice. If you want to glass bed it find you a smith that has done it for a long time to get the best results.
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I don't expect it to be better. As I said, I'm left handed and the factory stock is right handed. Therefore, the cheek piece is on thew wrong side. It makes it hard to acquire a good target when my head is in an awkward position to get a line of sight.
I re-read your original post and now understand that you plan on restocking the gun. I'd try it in the new stock first. If you're still getting 1/2 MOA then leave it alone.

In my experience about 90% of any improvement from a bedding job can be realized from just epoxy bedding. Pillar bedding is useful, but it requires a lot more skill and tooling to do well.


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