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Old April 18th, 2017, 01:22 AM   #1
 
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Ruger American 30-06 bedding

First off I am not a gunsmith, but here is a pic of what I have done. If there is enough interest I'll post more pics and how I got here. Yes I know I may (read absolutely did) void any warranty I may have had. It's not 100% finished, but pretty close.
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Old April 18th, 2017, 03:35 AM   #2
 
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Morning,

Did you actually bed the barrel to the stock or just fill the front voids to stiffen it up? I've been thinking about using this to stiffen mine up.....

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I opened up the stock so it wouldn't touch when on a bipod but it would be nice to have it a little stiffer for peace of mind. The "v" blocks seem to do a nice job holding the action.
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Old April 18th, 2017, 08:23 AM   #3
 
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First I reinforced the area between the "v"s with 1/4 square steel bar, then bedded the action. After that dried I bedded the barrel in. I'm not 100% satisfied with the rigidity of the jbweld alone, so I plan on milling out a slot and adding steel bar up the front. It's not bad, but I want it as good as I can get it. Also the "v"s (on mine anyway) did not fit perfectly. It's hard to explain without pictures, but to say the least I'm amazed they have the accuracy they do with how bad mine was. I will try and draw up what I'm talking about later.
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Old April 18th, 2017, 09:47 AM   #4
 
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I would definitely be interested in more pics and descriptions.
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I'll try and slowly update/add info as I get a chance. This is what I found to be the problem with my particular rifles v blocks. Of course I can't be sure, but I suspect it's true (to some degree or another) for most RAs. The angles and misalignments obviously would cause stress on the rifle. Also the v blocks are thinner than the slots cut in the receiver. If no bolts were in the receiver would slide forward and backward a considerable amount. This along with the wear mark locations lead me to believe that very little of the blocks actually touched the receiver (only on the flat spots, and not at all on the edges/lip). The primary shock during firing would be absorbed by the bolts. After bedding the action I found this to have been the case. Now the receiver is a precise fit the the stock, and has zero movement with no bolts in place. There is also now no tension/twisting of the stock when the bolts are tightened.
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Okay... I knew I wanted to both bed the action, and fill in the front to add regedity. My plan was to fill the front with concrete to add weight and strength and then bed the action and barrel at the same time. I started by using a soldering iron and adding a very rough stipple to the inside of the fore end. I even used it to creat holes so the filler would actually connect between the pockets and not act like an "ice tray". It could have been my failure to mix it correctly, but the concrete did not harden up like I wanted (at least on the surface). It also didn't seem to offer the rigidity I expected. I then attempted to remove the concrete, and was about 85% successful. Live and learn...
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The next step was to bed the action. The stock area on the left and right of the magazine was pretty thin, so I decided to put steel bars on each side. This would help with rigidity to some degree, but more so to create a dam and brace for the jbweld. I milled out the polymer between the v block in hopes to get a more solid connection. I also cut grooves in the steel bar to help with mechanical adhesion. I ended up having to round off one corner of each bar to make it fit with the magazine in. Of course the polymer has to be scuffed/stippled in order to help with mechanical adhesion. Even without a release agent the epoxies would not reliably stick to any smooth polymer surface.
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At this point I decided to bed the action first and then fill the fore end later. I wrapped the magazine with several layers of tape to ensure there would be room after the bedding for it to still go in and out properly. I insterted the magazine and filled any areas I didn't want bedding to go with playdoh.I also filled the trigger well, and inside the receiver with playdoh. I also wrapped tape around barrel near the end of the stock. I did this to help create a good alignment of the action in the stock. The final step was coating everything except the stock with shoe polish. After giving it a good coat I heated the surface enough to melt the shoe polish. This helped smooth it out and ensure a good finish. I then mixed the jbweld, and made sure to put enough in to have complete coverage.
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