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anyone know how to bed a tikka t3?

09 Oct 2013
@ 11:29 am (GMT)

GAVIN CHAU

Hi Fellas,

I learnt about this website from another shooting forum from Australia - I subsequently purchased and read Nathans book on long range hunting. As someone who is just getting into long range hunting I must say that this website and the book is a fascinating resource!!

Anyway I was wondering if someone could give me any advice on bedding a tikka varmint into a manners stock. at this point I'm not quite sure how to deal with the floating recoil lug?

The manners stock comes with a recoil lug inserted already but I'm not sure how you ensure that the front face of the lug is contacting the recess in the action.

any help much appreciated!

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09 Oct 2013
@ 12:09 pm (GMT)

GAVIN CHAU

Re: anyone know how to bed a tikka t3?
nevermind I just found the answer in the article on bedding!

did I say this was a great resource?!
09 Oct 2013
@ 03:19 pm (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: anyone know how to bed a tikka t3?
Thanks Gavin, very kind of you to say.

Glad you found the info you needed.
14 Oct 2013
@ 07:24 am (GMT)

Xander Otte

Re: anyone know how to bed a tikka t3?
Gavin, as you just finished and I am starting any tips would be great.
I am pillar bedding my T3. And would like to know as much as I can before
starting myself.
For example the recoil lug. The tape on the rear face does it cover the entire
rear or just the section that gets temporary glued in the barrel/action.
Did you pillar bed. And if so did you glue them in or as the new ones
are a snug fit leave it that way.

Well I have many more. And yes I have watched and read all of the articles
rom Nathan on here.

Thanks in advance

Xander
14 Oct 2013
@ 02:23 pm (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: anyone know how to bed a tikka t3?
Hi Xander, have a look at the Sako A7 thread. There are photos of a taped lug, very similar action.
15 Oct 2013
@ 05:07 am (GMT)

Xander Otte

Re: anyone know how to bed a tikka t3?
That was exactly the answer I was looking for.

Thanks again Nathan.
15 Oct 2013
@ 06:13 am (GMT)

Gavin Chau

Re: anyone know how to bed a tikka t3?
Quote:
Gavin, as you just finished and I am starting any tips would be great.
I am pillar bedding my T3. And would like to know as much as I can before
starting myself.
For example the recoil lug. The tape on the rear face does it cover the entire
rear or just the section that gets temporary glued in the barrel/action.
Did you pillar bed. And if so did you glue them in or as the new ones
are a snug fit leave it that way.

Well I have many more. And yes I have watched and read all of the articles
rom Nathan on here.

Thanks in advance

Xander


Hey Xander,

I didnt pillar bed my stock (well I sort of did - I'll explain) - first I dremeled out the slot in the stock where the recoil lug would go and made it very loose. I also dremeled down on either side of the action screws in order to make a series of 'pillars' out of bedding material.

with the recoil lug I just taped the top of it where it would contact the the bottom of the receiver - then I put superglue on the tape and superglued it onto the action making sure it was pushed as far forward as possible (and that no superglue squeezed forward onto the contact face of the lug) - i should have taped the back of the lug too (but I forgot) - I'll dremel off the 1mm or so of bedding compound that stuck onto it. dont put any tape on the front of the lug!! the bare metal should be pressed hard into the receiver with nothing in between it. if I understand correctly the only part of the lug that should be in contact with the receiver once its been assembled is the front face which takes the impact of the recoil.

other than that I basically did an exact copy of nathans video series on bedding - right down to dusting everything with powdered graphite....!

I've got a series of photos but I dont know how to post them


17 Oct 2013
@ 03:10 pm (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: anyone know how to bed a tikka t3?
Hi Xander, the following is important: Do not attempt to follow Gavins methods of using the compound for pillar bedding if you have a factory synthetic stock.

Gavin has an aftermarket stock. Your stock has a horizontal hole in the rear action screw hole which goes through to the butt stock. If you open the action screw hole right up and allow the compound to seep down, one of two things will happen:

Compound may migrate away from where it is needed at the tang.
Air may come in from the butt stock, expand and rise to the tang.

That little wee hole can really ruin your day.

Hope that makes sense.

19 Oct 2013
@ 08:55 am (GMT)

Xander Otte

Re: anyone know how to bed a tikka t3?
Thank you

I will start as soon as I have the kit. More questions to follow the. I am certain

Xander
17 Nov 2013
@ 07:03 pm (GMT)

Xander Otte

Re: anyone know how to bed a tikka t3?
Nathan,

The stock stabilizer is done. As advertised it was indeed a one hour job.

Had to buy the tungsten grinding head though. As always the right tools for the job make the job a lot easier.

One question though, where at the tang should I not grind. I know the video mentions the Sako and where to leave a section for height reference, does the same go for the T3 stock? I believe I have to do it just like the Sako, as there is not sufficient room at the rear.

I am doing a full bedding job, removing material of about 1.5 mm, Would the same go for the recoil lug recess area? how far down the chamber area?

Would you recommend that I should glue in the bedding pillars? Right now I used the drill press and made the holes barely large enough so that the pillars fit snug.


Thanks Xander
17 Nov 2013
@ 09:03 pm (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: anyone know how to bed a tikka t3?
Hi Xander, yes you can use the front of the tang for your height ref, just a sliver- unless using pillars as a hight ref. All depends on whether you are counter sinking the pillars (either way is fine but make sure you sue light bungee pressure if the pillars are counter sunk.

You need to remove enough material from the recoil lug area in such a way as to ensure you don't accidentally bump the lug on the way down (remember the whole area will be hidden after the compound is poured) Trial fits and common sense. By the same token, don't go overboard with the grind.

yes, glue the pillars in place. Use two pot epoxy, the same you will be using to glue the lug in place.

Remember to dab the bedding compound into the recess between the lug and action a minute or two before placing the action into the mortice.
27 Nov 2013
@ 02:09 pm (GMT)

Xander Otte

Re: anyone know how to bed a tikka t3?
Job is done.

Was exactly as advertised, fairly simple, dirty, messy...

Got impatient ;) had to wait the 48 hours, but did. Breaking it out was far easier than what I expected.

The sanding was another dirty messy job.

However was on the range yesterday and shot some very nice groupings, compared to before and after I believe I reduced the grouping by about to a little over 1/2 inch at 100 metres.

Still working out the right load and bullet...

But thank you Nathan for your advise and all the others whose postings I have read.

Cheers,


X
27 Nov 2013
@ 03:42 pm (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: anyone know how to bed a tikka t3?
That is great news Xander, really good. Thanks for posting an update.
 

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