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I know this question has been hashed over a zillion times over at BR Central, but most of those guys are talking about short-range PPCs. I'm more interested in a 600yd gun with a Nesika, Viper, or BAT action.

Anyway, for you guys running 6BRs for 600 yard matches and F-class, what action installation do you prefer and why? Glue-in seems solid and easier, but it also makes it much more difficult to re-stock the gun.

Pillar bedding often costs more and it seems to offer more ways to create stresses between stock and action.
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I think the problem lies in the fact that you really need to know what your doing to do a correct pillar job. It's a whole lot easier to just glue them in, which most smiths opt for.
In the 16.5 light gun class at Williamsport the Hoover family dominates using Alex Stitman pillar bedded stocks. (Jump in here Jason since your the 1000 yard Guru here).

Go to and read more about pillar bedding and see some beautiful stocks!

My personel 6BR is pillar bedded, and future rifles will be also. I like to pull my rifles out of the stock at seasons end, examine the bedding etc, give everything a good cleaning,put it back together and re-torx. POI never changes, and I have the peace of mind knowing that everything is ok. Can't do that to easy with a glue in.
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Most 1K rigs have too much recoil for a glue in--at least that seems to be the consensus when i have asked.

glue ins are done for 1K(though not often), but i think it is more a function of recoil than anything. glue in have the best chance at a stress free fit, but if the recoil may shear the grip on the action--why bother.

I pillar bed my own guns stress free--

pillars are bolted to the barreled action, then the whole mess is dropped in a puddle of devcon alum putty.

the barrel is wrapped with tape out near the end of the stock to center the barrel.

then the action just sits in the puddle to cure--no stress. i do usually wrap some electrical tape around the action/stock though to keep some pressure, but not enough to stress the system.

let it cure horizontally and you are GTG!


p.s.--the pillars come the whole way thru the stock, with the heads recessed into the bottom of the pillar--no escutcheon or anything else sandwiched between the screw head and pillar
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