Hi, all -
It's been awhile since I gave everyone an update, so I figured I'd let you know what's going on. Don Fischer has been kind enough to answer about a million silly questions about bedding an action. This month I finally screwed up the guts to give it a try. I first bedded the recoil lug and rear tang, and this did little if anything for the accuracy.
So, Monday I used some glass to apply some upward pressure to the barrel. I put the butt of the stock in a vise, and hung a gallon of Prestone from the front sling stud. I applied some resin/glass about 2" behind the frontmost part of the stock, and bolted the action in.
Here are the results. After three sighting rounds, I shot this group:
Not earth-shattering, but pretty decent, and MUCH better than anything I'd done with the rifle so far. Unfortunately, my second grouping wasn't as good:
The first shot was in the black, 2-4 are the three in a horizontal line, and 5 is the topmost one.
So...I'm not sure what all this means. I'm pretty sure that most of the accuracy gains I have gotten can be attributed to free-floating the barrel and then glassing in a little upward pressure. I was feeling pretty good after the first group, and less so after the second.
So...any other ideas or feedback?