Bedding my T3 into a B&C stock…any tips?Posted by David on March 19, 2016 at 10:48 pm
First off, thanks for any help. I have been working with a T3 25-06 now for a few years, the rifle just doesn't shoot like I think it should. I purchased a bell and Carson stock for it and I am still not happy with the groups (1.3 @ 100 yards indoors). When I first purchased this T3 it shot 1 inch at 200 yards outside with box ammo. Will a little bedding help the stock have a better fit to the stock and improve accuracy? If beedding will help what tips are there for a tikka? Thanks.
MemberMarch 20, 2016 at 4:33 pm21 Bullseyes
This one is tough to answer definitively as several things could contribute to degading accuracy in a 25-06. Any idea how many round this rifle has fired? I would like to look at the bore with a scope to eliminate throat erosion as a source of inaccuracy. Check the recoil lug for damage and consider an aftermarket harder one. Experiment with torque on action screws and certainly look at bedding the actin in the stock. Even if it is advertised as a drop in, the B&C stock may need some fitting for best results.
MemberMarch 20, 2016 at 7:23 pm1 Bullseye
Thanks for the thoughts. Less than 300 rounds. I am going to try the torque specs again, I was at 45 front and 45 rear last time at the range. I am going to try 35 front and 20 rear and fire 3 rounds let cool, torque 5 more pounds on rear, and repeat until I see the groups change.
MemberMarch 20, 2016 at 9:50 pm105 Bullseyes
You might be going in the wrong direction with the torq settings….try increasing in increments of 5in/lbs all the way up to 65in/lbs…These stocks act like a tuning fork and from my experience like higher torq settings then the factory stock. I think (you may want to confirm) but Bell & Carlson recommends 65in/lbs max setting. I think I was using 55in/lbs for my 300wsm front and back in a medalist stock. As apposed to 45in/lbs in the factory stock. You will waste time and ammo working below 45in/lbs using synthetic stock settings…The contour of the inletting for the action is not shape cut to fit perfectly like the Tikka factory stock so i can't see how you will find a low torq setting that will work. Usually you can only go low on torq setting if the action is bedded.
This would be a great write up if you decide to try and record this using a factory round and show results.
I would love to see it.
MemberMarch 21, 2016 at 2:57 am1 Bullseye
Thanks for the tip, I will use the advice and go up from the 45 inch lb front and rear. I will go to 45 front and 50 rear and repeat up to 60 to see if I see any changes.
MemberMarch 22, 2016 at 1:05 am1 Bullseye
I hope you are not using factory plastic bottom metal and cranking up to 60…
MemberMarch 22, 2016 at 1:44 am105 Bullseyes
AL makes a very good point… I was using a metal trigger guard/bottom on my B&C stock so I had no issues.
You might want to take it slow with the plastic bottom.
MemberMarch 22, 2016 at 1:58 am1 Bullseye
Again thanks for the advice…yes I just have plastic. I will have to order some metal.
MemberMarch 22, 2016 at 2:51 am105 Bullseyes
Might as well crank it up and see what happens with the factory plastic bottom first…
MemberMarch 24, 2016 at 9:45 pm1 Bullseye
Thanks for all the tips! I did not bed the rifle, I chose to use the torque method. I started at 40 inch pounds on the front screw and 30 in lb on the rear. I shot 3 rounds of 117 SST hornady with Federal brass and 48.5 of IMR 4350. The groups showed quite a bit of change. All 3 shot groups were pretty fast under 3 minutes with 15 minutes between strings. All shots at 100 yards indoors. I did remove a ton of material to ensure the gun is free floating. Thanks for all the help.
1) 45 front 45 rear 3 shot 1.3 inches at 100 yards indoors
2) 40 front 30 rear .718
3) 40 front 35 rear .928
4) 40 front 40 rear .343
5) 40 front 45 rear 1.123
6) 40 front 50 rear .818
MemberMarch 25, 2016 at 4:00 am105 Bullseyes
Very interesting results…thanks for sharing.
It's amazing how torq settings can effect your groups.
A lot of guys do not even know or take the time to try this.
MemberMarch 26, 2016 at 1:35 am1 Bullseye
I got the idea from this site, thanks for all the helpful tips.
MemberMarch 26, 2016 at 1:44 am1 Bullseye
Trying to post a photo of the targets.
MemberMarch 26, 2016 at 1:46 am1 Bullseye
MemberMarch 26, 2016 at 3:25 pm21 Bullseyes
I would like to see a pick of your rifle in the new stock if you have one 🙂
MemberMarch 26, 2016 at 7:15 pm1 Bullseye
Here is some pictures of my T3 wearing a B&C stock.
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