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Old 02-05-2018, 07:36 PM   #1
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I have two Tikkas sitting in B&C Medalist stocks with the aluminum bedding block and I want to glass bed them both. Through other searches, there have been mixed reviews, so Iím coming to the TBH gun works braintrust.


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A: Skim bed action on aluminum block and bed recoil lug
B: Full bed from action to lug
C: Full bed from action to lug as well as add pillars
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Old 02-05-2018, 08:01 PM   #2
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I would think the aluminum block itself would be one big pillar, so I dont know about option "C". I would tend to think option "A" would be best. You will need to rough up the aluminum block real good to get a bond from the epoxy.

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Old 02-05-2018, 08:06 PM   #3
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I would think the aluminum block itself would be one big pillar, so I dont know about option "C". I would tend to think option "A" would be best. You will need to rough up the aluminum block real good to get a bond from the epoxy.
This was my first thought when thinking through the process.
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Old 02-05-2018, 10:31 PM   #5
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"A" that's what i did to my hs precision stock on my 300wsmthat a certain "someone" we both know rebarreled for me. a bad group is 1.25", avg with most hunting loads is .25-.75
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I have the PSSLTR in an HS and have wondered if it was worth doing. Sounds like it is.
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Old 02-06-2018, 05:36 AM   #7
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I just bed the recoil luv and things are great.
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Old 02-06-2018, 08:11 AM   #8
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Old 02-07-2018, 07:57 PM   #9
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Old 02-07-2018, 08:49 PM   #10
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I would like to see what Stick has to say on this one. If I suspect bedding issues I will typically throw the barreled action in my Orias chassis to see how it shoots. If it stays the same I do not bed, if if tightens up I will bed the lug area. Most of my stocks have a mini-chassis, if yours do not I would pillar bed them all and not look back!
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Old 02-08-2018, 10:40 PM   #11
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Both shoot sub 1/2 MOA with my hand loads. Shot my best group last weekend, a .143Ē, but more often than not, I have the 3rd/4th flyer syndrome and Iím hoping bedding may help the issue.
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Both shoot sub 1/2 MOA with my hand loads. Shot my best group last weekend, a .143Ē, but more often than not, I have the 3rd/4th flyer syndrome and Iím hoping bedding may help the issue.
my option is if a factory gun is constantly shooting sub .5 moa, I wouldn't mess with it. check your standard deviations of your loads.
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Both shoot sub 1/2 MOA with my hand loads. Shot my best group last weekend, a .143Ē, but more often than not, I have the 3rd/4th flyer syndrome and Iím hoping bedding may help the issue.
Sleepy, if they are consistent .5 and you can pull them into .2 do not mess with those guns. Dang man, a .1 is amazing to shoot and see in person from a non bechrest rifle.

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Sleepy, if they are consistent .5 and you can pull them into .2 do not mess with those guns. Dang man, a .1 is amazing to shoot and see in person from a non bechrest rifle.

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I went ahead and bedded the lugs. Figure it shouldnít hurt anything. There was definitely some slop at the lug. Anxious to see what happens. Here is that .1 with my .243.







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If you just have to bed something just the recoil lug. Otherwise leave those gums alone and spend the money you were gonna spend on bedding, on components to shoot more!!


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From a factory rifle .3 is all I can do. Keep in mind I have given up reloading. I only shoot factory match at this point. My custom rifles will typically hold that .3 or .2 out to longer ranges than a factory rifle but I consider both excellent shooting regardless. A zero in anything other than a dedicated benchrest gun with proper load workup is an anomaly imo.

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Factory or custom barrel?
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If you just have to bed something just the recoil lug. Otherwise leave those gums alone and spend the money you were gonna spend on bedding, on components to shoot more!!


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Oh as soon as the weather will get right, there will be some shooting to do! Iíve got a CZ 557 6.5x55 coming in tomorrow. However, I purchased a Tikka T3 Forest in 6.5x55 tonight, so the CZ will be up for sale.
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Just to be clear all of my observations and comments are for 5 rounds. I typically never shoot three unless a sow has two piglets.

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Old 02-11-2018, 10:21 PM   #21
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Just to be clear all of my observations and comments are for 5 rounds. I typically never shoot three unless a sow has two piglets.

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Lol! Iíll get some 5 shot groups in. Iím in load work up and Iím a tight *** so I donít want to run through all my components trying to find the load lol. Next round out Iím going to go with 4 shot groups.
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Trust that I am not knocking you. .1 speaks for itself.

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Old 02-11-2018, 10:51 PM   #23
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I got you!

Repeatability says something though. 5 shots tells you that.
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WOW!! I've got a Tikka .243 also. Surprised those VLD grouped that good with Factory barrel with it's 1-10 twist. Was thinking of a rebarrel but may try these bullets before I dropped some $$
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Old 02-12-2018, 07:43 AM   #25
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I went ahead and bedded the lugs. Figure it shouldnít hurt anything. There was definitely some slop at the lug. Anxious to see what happens. Here is that .1 with my .243.







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This is why I bed all my recoil lugs.

My smith told me that with modern synthetic and laminate stocks that is all that is really needed.

JB Weld and releasing agent........and I went to town.
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