I talked to the folks at Bell and Carlson - they indicate the recoil lug is supposed to bottom-out on the aluminum bedding block (per the original CZ design specs).
They state I am welcome to return it, but suggested I bed the recoil lug using just a spot of bedding material. No guarantees that this will cure the accuracy issue, however. And of course once the stock is modified, it cannot be returned.
Has anyone done this (bedded the recoil lug area on a B&C stock)?
Pic of recoil lug area per Bell and Carlson:
Pic provided by Bell and Carlson showing recoil lug / stock area.
To update this thread I did what Bell & Carlson suggested and bedded the recoil lug area. (I also added just a little Devcon 10110 at the receiver screw areas since there appeared to be a little extra space there).
I saw some small improvement in group sizes, but No Joy for the most part.
I came back and bedded the rear of the barrel (not letting the epoxy touch the front of the receiver), and also added a barrel/forearm pressure point - just behind the front sling swivel.
Results are now looking very good. First out yesterday, starting with a clean barrel, and things were looking promising on paper at 100M. At 12 rounds it seemed like it was still settling in, so with temps rising and the range getting a little crowded, I called it a day.
Left it dirty and back out early this morning shooting freshly painted steel at 219 (my Zero distance), 225 and 325 Yards. It's now trying to put the first two shots in the same hole with 3 shot groups running sub MOA. I did have one unexplained flyer (out of another 12 shots fired), but it was not horrible.
3 at 325 Yds from the bench did 2 3/4" (0.8 MOA) holding 1 mil-dot high. (Optic is a NF 2.5-10x42 with the old style hollow mil-dot reticle. I really like this reticle.)
Just my 2 cents, but in all my fiddling with loads for the 9.3x62 I have not had any luck with the light bullets grouping very well.
But I believe a hunting rifle only needs to be MOA, in field conditions most can not hold that!
I did a little housekeeping in my shop and found some .500 Jeffery ammo that I no longer need. Superior Ammunition and Hendershots loaded them, along with AHR (American Hunting Rifles). Several Woodleigh/A-Square solids along with lead bullets in both 535g and 600g. Message me for any details.
Leopard Legend....................Hi John.............I see that you have not visited AH in awhile. Hope all is well. I am looking for a hunt in Namibia..............would like to ask a few questions about your hunt.............all the best..............................Bill
Hi Bob, how's things going in Wyong?. Down your way a couple of years back but haven't been in NSW since Ebor for the fishing. just getting over some nasty storms up here in Qld, seeing the sun for the first time in a few days. I'm going to NZ in the spring and hope to clean up a few buns while there and perhaps shake the spiders out of my old .303LE (currently owned by my BIL). Cheers Brian