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Last year I took my savage 7mag to a gunsmith to have glass bedded. It was shooting about 3/4 inch groups before the bedding and 3/4 after bedding. I am now finding that the gun barrel is not free floated also. Before I took the gun back out to the range, I wanted to see what was going on and what kind of job the gunsmith did. I don't see very much that was done, It looks like most of the bedding compound was put down the for arm under the barrel. There is very little bedding compound around the front lug, and none around the back lug, the chamber, or the tang. What do you guys think, the guy charged me 150 bucks to do the job and kept my gun for 7 months.


 

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I'm not a gun smith so take it for what it's worth. 1. 7 months for a bedding job unacceptable. 2. $150 sounds high but what do I know. 3. I'd think more compound around the action and free float the barrel. My two cents.
 

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I think that is unfortunate. 7 months is a long time unless he warned you ahead of time of a large back log. I won't comment on the price except to say it was way too high for what you got in my opinion. I too would want the barrel free floated and the action/recoil lug area bedded in a wood stocked rifle such as the one pictured.

I did a rifle with Brownells' Acra Glass Gel and it was easy to use and came out great: http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=1038/Product/ACRAGLAS_GEL_reg_
Cost was about $25 with shipping (at dealer cost), and I had some left over. It comes with directions and I wouldn't hesitate to use it again.

They sell regular acraglass, too: http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=1033/Product/ACRAGLAS_reg_

And you can get dyes if you want to better match the stock:
http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=1046/Product/ACRAGLAS_reg__DYES
 

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I was refered to this guy by someone on this site. I am not going to bash him without trying to go back and get it fixed. I don't have the money to take it anywhere else either. I kinda feel like I did when Obama got elected, I just got screwed but they're ain't much I can do.
 

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The only reason smiths take that long is if they have to order parts. I would think even with a back long maybe a month tops. The action should be bedded not the barrel channel. I would take necks advice or pm me for someone that could do it.
 

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bedding almost always makes a gun shoot tighter groups but not always bedding needs to go along with good barrel and reloads and good shooting technique takes about 20 minutes to mix bedding material another 20 -30 to place action in stock and screw down then overnite to cure then remove action and grind away excess reason for bedding is when you tighten screws there is no binding are bending of the action also some thinner barrels shoot better with a little pressure out toward the end of the stock some gunsmiths bed the whole barrel channel to make wood stocks stiffer as yall can tell i dont make my living typing letters not a period anywhere in this
 

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Sounds like a do it yourself job. Looks like I got another weekend project for my 700. Anybody got some pics of a good bedding job
 

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3 /4 group in a 7 mag is pretty good. But I can see that if you spend 150 dollars you want it better. It is probably a more stable stock now with the bedding at the front. But hindsight is usually always mostly perfect. The 150 dollars would have probably been better invested in a Bell and Carson, McMillan or a new laminate stock. You might get tighter groups with different ammo also. Also many of the Savage stocks come free floated from the factory. Hope that you get it like you want it.
 
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