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Yes? No? Sometimes? If sometimes, when and when not?

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About the only time I've bedded the bottom metal is if the inlet is just a bit too deep and I want it to be flush. Not a good thing to have an air gap between the bottom metal and the stock wood when tightening action screws...


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Originally Posted by SDHNTR
Yes? No? Sometimes?

Always.


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Originally Posted by Sheister
About the only time I've bedded the bottom metal is if the inlet is just a bit too deep and I want it to be flush. Not a good thing to have an air gap between the bottom metal and the stock wood when tightening action screws...

I agree. It's not necessary to bed the bottom metal, unless the inletting is skewed in some way. Then I'll definitely bed it..


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It's definitely sometimes necessary, but you usually know.

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I have only bedded the bottom metal lug attachment on my Ruger M77's.


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Always, the parts of the system need to work together for consistency

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On a rifle where the bottom metal/trigger guard is an 'active' part of tightening the receiver into the bedding, it needs to be bedded for best results. The bottom metal should also fit loose enough in the inletting that it drops out freely...no press fits into the inetting.

Not doing this on a bedding job is like taking a shower and putting your dirty underwear back on.....

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I assume you could get the same result with pillars as long as your bottom metal fits tight to the bottom of the inlet and against the pillar...


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I would love to learn how someone beds the bottom metal on a ruger 77. I have a .280 that I can't get to fit correctly but can't figure out the bedding process for the bottom metal.

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Originally Posted by bsa1917hunter
Originally Posted by Sheister
About the only time I've bedded the bottom metal is if the inlet is just a bit too deep and I want it to be flush. Not a good thing to have an air gap between the bottom metal and the stock wood when tightening action screws...

I agree. It's not necessary to bed the bottom metal, unless the inletting is skewed in some way. Then I'll definitely bed it..

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I agree with Al.

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Larry Racine bedded the bottom metal on every rifle I sent him.


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one rifle, on Ruger 77,s bottom metal bedding is tricky have to get front angled action screw to not bind and floor plate to latch.
I open up front angle screw after bedding to make sure action screw is not in a bind. Usually, I bed the bottom metal in a second operation.


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Originally Posted by onerifle
I would love to learn how someone beds the bottom metal on a ruger 77. I have a .280 that I can't get to fit correctly but can't figure out the bedding process for the bottom metal.
It is very simple, I have done 5 or 6

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For one thing, Al is talking about his high dollar benchrest rifles. Post up some pics of your hunting rifles that you glass bedded the bottom metal on Al. Did you do a before and after testing on those rifles??? Also, a lot of guys are running synthetic stocks where bottom metal inletting is spot on. This does not need to be glass bedded. You are wasting your time. The Tikka's I run are an example of that. Others are Mcmillans and even factory tupperware stocks. The more important thing is glass bedding the action. Again, if the bottom metal inletting is skewed in some way or another, I'll glass bed it, but that does not happen too often. Even the pre 64 model 70's I like messing with are inletted very well. To each their own, but I'd listen to the guys getting consistent results on target vs the ones grasping at straws. I'd also listen to someone like sheister. Sorry to put you on the spot buddy. What some of you guys don't know is he makes his own custom stocks and does a very nice job at it...


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At a minimum I'll bed the area under & from rear guard screw to the mag box AND the area under & from the front guard screw rearward to the mag box. box.


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