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Hi everyone. Just thought I'd set the stage for the intent I have with this section of the forum. For those of you that don't know, I'm a highly analytical person. Feel free to ask any questions you would like here, and I will gladly provide you all of the insight I have in as little or as much detail as you would like. Wanting to mount an optic on your rifle, but not sure how to determine what is a good one, or what mounting hardware to get? How about finding a good holster for concealed carry? What about diagnosing shooting errors? The intent I have is to simplify this stuff for you, so you can learn from my experience, my mistakes, or the mistakes of others. This stuff doesn't have to be so difficult. So feel free to create some threads here and ask away!
 

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Alright, I'll start this off...

What's the easiest way to bed a rifle? What's the process in detail?
 

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What's your favorite semi auto shotgun cycling system and why?
In a conventional shotgun, the Benelli Inertia Driven action. It's not perfect, however it is simple. While there are plenty of piston shotguns with simplistic designs as well, usually there are also O-rings and port fouling to deal with. I'm lazy. ;) The Benelli M4, with it's dual operating system (piston and inertia) is one of the most robust systems out there IMO.

As far as a less conventional shotgun, I'd have to say the Saiga 12. Proven platform and it's an incredibly versatile one.
 

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Alright, I'll start this off...

What's the easiest way to bed a rifle? What's the process in detail?
Bedding an action is nothing more than using a filler (fiberglass or other resin) to fill the gaps between action and stock.
A release agent is used on the action, and mixing the resin is just following directions.
I think the hardest part is setting the job up in such a way that you don't create cleanup work. Lots of tape to protect surfaces and act as dams.
Brownell's is a great resource, both for material and information. Their methods and materials have stood the test of time and multiple users.
They are my go to source for any of my tinkering (home spun gunsmithing).
 

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Bedding an action is nothing more than using a filler (fiberglass or other resin) to fill the gaps between action and stock.
A release agent is used on the action, and mixing the resin is just following directions.
I think the hardest part is setting the job up in such a way that you don't create cleanup work. Lots of tape to protect surfaces and act as dams.
Brownell's is a great resource, both for material and information. Their methods and materials have stood the test of time and multiple users.
They are my go to source for any of my tinkering (home spun gunsmithing).
I've read a few articles on bedding but it always seems (to me at least) a messy, error-prone process. Maybe I just have an innate fear of locking in my action because I failed to prep the surfaces correctly. I've been meaning to try it but I keep putting it off because of my concerns.

I had less trepidation getting into reloading so there's no logical reason why I can't bring myself to bed an action...
 

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Feel free to ask any questions you would like here, and I will gladly provide you all of the insight I have in as little or as much detail as you would like.
I mean this in the nicest way because what you're offering to do shows a great generosity of spirit...but...you are clearly a glutton for punishment. ;)
 

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What's the easiest way to bed a rifle? What's the process in detail?
Assuming you're talking about bolt-action rifles, in my experience there are two ways to go.

Alternative 1 -

  1. Discard current stock.
  2. Buy 100% aluminum stock.
  3. Torque all bolts to the values specified by the stock maker.
  4. Go to range and test.
Alternative 2 -

  1. Take rifle to someone with more patience and skill than I will ever possess.
  2. Write large check.
  3. Wait far longer than is reasonable.
  4. Receive rifle, test, and then forget trying to figure out what magic the gunsmithing gods have wrought.
PS - OK, SIG_Fiend, I'll quit fartin' around in your thread. I just couldn't pass up Pilgrim's invitation to post a smart-ass reply. I have a problem that way. ;)
 

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I've read a few articles on bedding but it always seems (to me at least) a messy, error-prone process. Maybe I just have an innate fear of locking in my action because I failed to prep the surfaces correctly. I've been meaning to try it but I keep putting it off because of my concerns.

I had less trepidation getting into reloading so there's no logical reason why I can't bring myself to bed an action...
Read the directions and go for it. Simple process if you do what the directions say.
 
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