In this article, we will be discussing how to glass bed a Boyds stock. This process will ensure that your rifle is properly secured in the stock, and will provide a solid foundation for accuracy. We will also be discussing the benefits of glass bedding, and why it is often considered an essential part of precision rifle building.
How to glass bed a Boyds stock in 5 easy steps
- First, remove the barreled action from the stock.
- Next, sand the inside of the stock where the action will sit until it is smooth.
- Then, apply a generous amount of bedding compound to the inside of the stock.
- Place the action into the stock, and make sure it is level.
- Allow the bedding compound to dry overnight.
The benefits of glass bedding a Boyds stock
Glass bedding a Boyds stock will provide many benefits to the shooter. The most notable benefit is the increased accuracy that can be achieved with a glass bedded stock. Glass bedding will provide a more stable platform for the action to sit in, as well as providing a more consistent contact between the action and the stock.
This will lead to improved accuracy as there is less movement between the action and the stock. Glass bedding will also help to protect the action from the elements, as well as providing a more pleasing appearance.
How to get the perfect fit for your Boyds stock
There are really only two ways to get a perfect fit for your Boyds stock and that is either to buy the stock directly from Boyds or to have a Boyds representative fit the stock for you. Buying the stock directly from Boyds will obviously ensure that you get a perfect fit as the stock will be made specifically for your rifle.
However, if you cannot or do not want to buy the stock directly from Boyds, then having a Boyds representative fit the stock for you is the next best thing. This is because the representative will have experience in fitting stocks and will be able to ensure that the stock is fitted correctly for your rifle.
The best way to finish your Boyds stock
The best way to finish your Boyds stock will depend on the level of finish you are looking for and the type of stock you have. If you are looking for a high level of finish, you may want to consider using a polyurethane or lacquer based finish. These types of finishes will provide a durable and long lasting finish that will protect your stock from wear and tear. If you are looking for a more natural finish, you can use a oil based finish or a wax based finish. These finishes will provide a more traditional look and feel to your stock.
How to care for your Boyds stock
When it comes to caring for your Boyds stock, there are a few key things to keep in mind. First and foremost, you’ll want to make sure that you’re regularly cleaning your stock. This means wiping it down with a clean cloth after each use, and taking the time to give it a more thorough cleaning on a monthly basis. Secondly, you’ll want to make sure that you’re regularly oiling your stock.
This will help to keep it in good condition and prevent it from drying out. Finally, you’ll want to make sure that you’re storing your stock in a cool, dry place. This will help to prevent it from warping or becoming damaged over time. By following these simple tips, you can help to ensure that your Boyds stock stays in good condition for years to come.
Frequently Asked Questions [FAQs]
What is glass bedding?
Glass bedding is a process of filling the voids in a stock with a bedding material, typically epoxy, to create a more solid and stable platform for the action and barrel of a rifle.
Why bed a stock?
Bedding a stock can improve the accuracy of a rifle by creating a more consistent point of contact between the action and the stock, and can also help to reduce vibration and muzzle jump.
What is a Boyds stock?
A Boyds stock is a stock made by the Boyds Gunstock Company, which specializes in aftermarket gunstocks for a variety of rifles.
What supplies do I need to glass bed a Boyds stock?
You will need epoxy, bedding material, release agent, and a few small tools such as a drill, hand saw, and file.
How do I prepare the stock for glass bedding?
The first step is to remove the action from the stock, and then to remove all the old bedding material from the stock. Once the stock is clean, you will need to drill a few small holes in the stock for the epoxy to adhere to.
How do I apply the epoxy and bedding material?
Mix the epoxy and bedding material together, and then apply it to the stock using the small holes you drilled as a guide. Once the epoxy is in place, you will need to clamp the stock together and allow it to cure.
How do I finish glass bedding a Boyds stock?
Once the epoxy has cured, you can remove the clamps and check to make sure that the bedding material is evenly distributed. If it is not, you can add more epoxy and bedding material as needed. Once the stock is finished, you can reassemble the rifle and test it out at the range.
To glass bed a Boyds stock, you will need to remove the old bedding material, clean the surface, and apply a new layer of bedding material. You will also need to apply a new layer of paint or finish to the stock.