How to glass bed a rifle

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing Forum' started by stalkingbear, Mar 31, 2011.

  1. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Active Member

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    I was asked to do this so here goes. 1st you start off with a factory rifle and the components you need to glass bed it.
     

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  2. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    Oh boy!! The fun has started!
     

  3. stalkingbear

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    The things you'll need to glassbed (or steel bed) are-
    electrical tape
    modeling clay
    release agent (I prefer acra release spray)
    measuring spoon
    dremel with small wood rasp bit
    Acraglas Gel or better yet Steelbed
    Popsicle sticks
     

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  4. stalkingbear

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    Now we can get to prepping it to bed. Use the electrical tape on the outside of the stock. This will prevent the bedding compound from sticking to the finish and ruining the finish on it.

    Now is the time to use the wood bit in the dremel to relieve the wood and to make for a rough texture for the bedding compound to adhere to. In order to retain stock bedded height I'll leave "islands" of wood untouched around the action screwholes.

    This is also the time to build dams from the modeling clay to prevent the bedding compound from entering anywhere you don't want it to go. Good examples are around the trigger group, inside the magwell, and in front of the action.
     

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    After prepping the stock and applying LOTS of release agent we can start mixing the bedding compound. Did I mention to use release agent?:D I used Acraglas Gel in this rifle. be SURE to mix it EXACTLY according to instructions (in this case it's 1-1 resin/hardener). Use the popsicle sticks to carefully apply the bedding.
     

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    It'll look messy and it WILL squeeze out-that's the reason for the electrical tape & the modeling clay dams. Since I wanted good contrast for pic friendly and it's not going to show I didn't use color. After a couple hours you'll be able to gently remove the excess bedding by removing the tape and ever so gently with a hobby knife or fresh popsicle stick. Let it cure for several hours and it'll be ready to remove the barreled action from the stock.
     

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    Now I relieve the front/sides/& bottom of bedding from around the recoil lug so I'll have even more clearance than the electrical tape gave me. We're going to remove the clay dams and clean it from around the trigger group now. You should have a good fitting bedded rifle now. If I missed anything or there are any questions please feel free to chime in. I'm sure I must have missed something since I'm writing this before my 1st coffee of the day.:rolleyes:
     
  8. stalkingbear

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    I guess nobody liked my posts.:(
     
  9. TheSadPanda

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    That's some pretty awesome stuff. I honestly had no idea how that process worked at all. Thanks for making me a little smarter today :)
     
  10. rjgnwdc

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    Thank you Stalkingbear for your time and effort and the great illustrated instructions this will make for great reference for anybody wanting to glass bed their rifle:confused:
     
  11. PTsouthpaw

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    Thanks for the tutorial, Bear. I just got my bedding supplies but haven't gotten around to doing my first rifle yet, so your explanations/pictures were very helpful.
     
  12. Gordo323

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    Good looking work Bear! And great photos!
    I work with alot of structural adhesives and release agents at work, but had no idea about how to bed a stock, with this tutorial I feel confident I can do my Savage.
    BTW that's a mighty fine lookin rifle ya got there! :D
     
  13. stalkingbear

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    I don't know if I remembered to include the action screws to apply release agent to or not-DO it! It IS a nice looking rifle-it's yours Gordo. Next I'm free floating the barrel and doing the trigger & it'll be done.
     
  14. lonyaeger

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    Job well done, Bear!
     
  15. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Init to learnit.

    edit* Nice write-up! I thought the glass stuff was supposed to cover more of the stock; this makes better sense.

    I question the wisdom of trying this myself, as i was once that guy at the supermarket with a shoe glued to his hand :rolleyes:.
     
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  16. Dillinger

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    Really well done Bear. Thanks for taking the time to put this together.

    Definitely a great tutorial.

    JD
     
  17. Txhillbilly

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    Stalkingbear,Very well done,and great photos of the process.
     
  18. stalkingbear

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    +1 Bear

    A picture saves a thousand words or something like that. Thank you for all your work on this, I wish this was around when I tried my first bedding.
     
  20. AusLach

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    Hey SB, did you have to use release agent on the action screws as well? How do you prevent the screws picking up bedding agent and mating to the action? :confused: