I have a 30-06 full glass bedded. I would like to do this over and have a free floating barrel. If it is not too difficult I would like to do this myself. If it is too difficult and complicated I will have to have it done.
Any advice if it is a good choice and if I can do it myself?
I live in Gauteng, SA
If your planning to reutilize the glass bedded stock then this may be "too much trouble". Bedding the action of a rifle into a new or different stock is a snap compared to the pain of whittling out a bunch of resue ina stock channel.
I have free-floated barrels on several rifles over the years and prefer it to glass bedding. I have free-floated one barrel that was previously glass bedded and may be able to supply some advice. Can you post pictures of the barrel channel and action inletting of the stock with the barrel / action removed?
You can do whats called a skim coat glassbed job and also free float the barrel at the same time. Its a simple process but does your rife shoot well with a free floated barrel some dont! A way to see if your rifle shoots well with a free floated barrel is as follows. 1 remove barreled action from stock place match book shims under the action(it dont take much). reinstall barreled action in stock(dont over tighten screws 60 inlbs at most). Now check that the barrel is free floated,if its not more shims are needed. Once you have your barrel free floated shoot some ammo that you know is accurate in your rifle then you will know if your rifle likes to be free floated or needs a bit of barrel pressure. Hunting wieght rifles with slim barrels do need a pressure point more often than not.
Doing it the first time was interesting.
I would heed the warnings about the difficulty of removing fiberglass bedding for sure.
Here is a link to a do it yourself kit that also has a video.
I followed the instructions to the detail and bedded the action and free floated the barrel. My rifle shoots well free floated.
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