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Work Bench Tips

FOR MANY DECADES, GUNSMITHS HAVE GENEROUSLY SHARED THEIR PERSONAL “WORK-BENCH-TIPS” WITH THEIR PEERS, BUT TYPICALLY NOT WITH CLIENTS! THE FOLLOWING ARE SOME “TRICKS” I HAVE LEARNED & UTILIZED WITH MUCH SUCCESS, OVER THE PAST 4 DECADES…..SO ENJOY!

#1—HEAT CURING EPOXY:

I AM A FIRM BELIEVER IN USING 2-PART, “SLOW CURE” EPOXY BEDDING COMPOUNDS & MY PERSONAL FAVORITES ARE “BROWNELL’S ACCRA-GEL” & “STOCKY’S BEDDING GEL”. THEY SMELL THE SAME, MIX THE SAME, LOOK & FELL THE SAME. I DO BELIEVE THE RESIN & HARDENER ARE MADE BY THE SAME COMPANY!

The bedded rifle curing in the Texas sun.

AFTER THE BARRELED ACTION HAS BEEN PLACED INTO THE STOCK & ALL THE OOZE-OUT CLEANED OFF, PLACE THE RIFLE IN A HORIZONTAL POSITION & EXPOSE IT TO DIRECT SUNLIGHT. IF THE AMBIENT TEMP IS SLIGHTLY < PLACE THE RIFLE INSIDE A DARK BROWN / BLACK PLASTIC TRASH BAG, WRAPPED LOOSELY AROUND THE RIFLE. CURING TIME WILL BE 50% QUICKER, BUT BE VERY CAREFUL HANDLING THE RIFLE & BAG, AS I HAVE SEEN SURFACE TEMPS IN THE 140 DEGREE RANGE !!!! EVEN WITHOUT THE BAG, CARBON BLUED-STEEL WILL EASILY REACH 125 DEGREES….DON’T GET BURNED!  

 

#2—EPOXY BEDDING RELEASE AGENT:  

“KIWI NEUTRAL COLOR SHOE POLISH” / ANY BRAND OF HARD-WOOD PASTE FLOOR WAX, IS A FANTASTIC RELEASE AGENT APPLY A THIN COAT OVER CLEAN STEEL & BEDDING TAPE, LET DRY, & BUFF WITH CLEAN TERRY-TOWEL. ANY SURFACE NOT “WAXED” WILL BE PERMANENTLY ATTACHED TO THE EPOXY! 

 

#3—THREADED SCREW SEALANT: 

CLEAR NAIL POLISH IS AN EXCELLENT, MEDIUM-STRENGTH THREAD SEALANT. EASY TO REMOVE WITH EITHER ACETONE / NAIL POLISH REMOVER. “SALLY HANSEN HARD-AS-NAILS” IS THE BEST I HAVE EVER USED! BTW: A DAB OF CLEAR NAIL POLISH ON MINOR CUTS / NICKS / SCRAPES SEALS & WATERPROOFS THE WOUND. AFTER POLISH HAS DRIED, COVER WITH AN ADHESIVE BANDAGE.

 

#4—SIGHT PAINT:

THE MOST VISIBLE COLOR UNDER THE WIDEST VARIETY OF SKY-CONDITIONS, IS “HOT NEON PINK”. DEGREASE SIGHT BLADE WITH ACETONE / RUBBING ALCOHOL, APPLY A THIN COAT OF WHITE NAIL POLISH, LET DRY, & 2 COATS OF PINK, BE SURE TO LET DRY BETWEEN COATS & THEN APPLY A THIN COAT OF CLEAR NAIL-POLISH TO SEAL THE PIGMENT. 

 

#5—MY PERSONAL ALL-PURPOSE “CLP” RECIPE FOR GENERAL SHOP USAGE:

“CLEANER, LUBRICANT, & PROTECTION” SOLUTION. 1 QT. OF YOUR FAVORITE 5W-30 / 10W-30 100% SYN-ENGINE OIL (MOBIL-1 / ROYAL PURPLE ARE MY FAVS!) & 2 OZ. “MARVEL MYSTERY OIL”. SHAKE WELL & USE! POUR INTO SMALL PLASTIC DRIPPER-TOP BOTTLES & USE FOR ANY SHOOTING RELATED PURPOSE YOU REQUIRE! 

 

#6—SMALL PARTS ULTRASONIC CLEANER: 

VISIT FLEA-MARKETS, YARD SALES, & LOCAL RESALE SHOPS & LOOK FOR AN “ULTRASONIC DENTURE CLEANER”. IF IT RUNS PROPERLY, BUY IT! FILL WITH A MIX OF WATER & YOUR FAVORITE BRAND OF NON-TOXIC ALL PURPOSE BIODEGRADABLE CLEANER. DROP-IN THE PARTS & TURN IT ON! YOU WON’T BELIEVE HOW QUICK THOSE PARTS WILL BE CLEANED. PAID $1.00 FOR MY FIRST ONE & IT LASTED 5 YEARS OF HEAVY USAGE! 

 

#7—MASKING & BARREL BEDDING TAPE: 

BEDDING TAPE AVERAGES 2″ X .010″ THICK, PAINTERS MASKING TAPES RANGE 1″ X .002″-007″ &  ELECTRICAL TAPE 1″X .005″ AVERAGES .005″. BEDDING TAPE IS USED TO CREATE A .010″ GAP BETWEEN THE BARREL & EPOXY BEDDING INSIDE THE STOCK’S BARREL CHANNEL. AFTER THE EPOXY HAS CURED, THE TAPE IS REMOVED, & TA-DAH…..YOU HAVE A .010″ GAP BETWEEN THE BARREL & THE BEDDING! 

“PIPE BURIAL TAPE” IS USED TO WRAP CARBON-STEEL PIPE BEFORE IT IS BURIED UNDERGROUND. IT IS < $$$$$$$ THAN “BEDDING TAPE” AND USUALLY STOCKED BY “ACE, LOWES, HOME-DEPOT” HARDWARE STORES. BRAND NAMES “PASCO” & “WIN-MORE” ARE THE MOST COMMON BRANDS.   

 

#8—AGGRESSIVE CASE VIBRATOR ADDITIVE:  

PURCHASE A LARGE CONTAINER OF “STEEL AIR-RIFLE SHOT”, FILL TUMBLER BOWL WITH CRUSHED WALNUT SHELL, & POUR ABOUT 1/2 CUP OF THE B-B”S INTO THE BOWL. DUMP IN THE CARTRIDGE CASES TO BE CLEANED & TURN IT ON! THIS STEP WILL CLEAN, BUT NOT POLISH THE CASES. TO POLISH THE CASES, YOU WILL NEED TO FOLLOW-UP WITH A TUMBLE IN CRUSHED CORN-COB.

 

#9—SPRAY-CAN PROTECTIVE COATINGS:   

“VALSPAR COLOR RADIANCE”— #84509–FLAT BLACK & “KRYLON COLOR-MASTER”— #3434—SATIN CRYSTAL CLEAR. EXCELLENT FOR PROTECTING BOTH WOOD & METAL SURFACES.  HINT: BE SURE TO DEGREASE SURFACES WITH PURE ACETONE & ALLOW TO DRY BEFORE APPLYING ANY TYPE OF AEROSOL SURFACE TREATMENTS, 

 

#10–BEDDING PILLARS: 

Bedding pillar in place but not yet fitted.

I HAVE NEVER INSTALLED ANY NAME-BRAND ALUMINUM BEDDING PILLARS, BUT HAVE ALWAYS FABRICATED THEM FROM STAINLESS-STEEL HIGH PRESSURE, SEAMLESS TUBING. THE 3/8″ (.375″) DIAMETER, WITH A .035″ WALL THICKNESS. LENGTH IS DETERMINED FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE RECEIVER TO THE INSIDE OF THE TRIGGER FLOORPLATE. THE TUBING IS CUT TO APPROXIMATE LENGTH WITH A PRECISION “TUBING CUTTER” & THEN THE PIECE IS FIRMLY CHUCKED INTO A 3/8″ ELECTRIC DRILL. THE STOCK RECEIVER SCREW HOLES WILL NEED TO BE CAREFULLY ENLARGED WITH A 25 / 64″ DRILL BIT. 

WHILE THE DRILL IS SPINNING THE TUBING, THE END IS HELD CAREFULLY AGAINST A MED-GRIT ABRASIVE WHEEL THAT IS SPINNING ON A BENCH-GRINDER. THE DRILL IS SPINNING LT TO RT & THE GRINDER WHEEL IS SPINNING TOWARD YOU @ 90 DEGREES & THE RESULT WITH SOME PRACTICE TIME, IS A PERFECTLY SQUARE TUBING END! FLIP THE PIECE OF TUBING OVER & REPEAT ON THE OTHER END. REPEAT THE PROCESS (ON ONE END ONLY) UNTIL THE END OF THE TUBING IS FINGER LEVEL FLUSH TO THE BOTTOM & INSIDE OF THE STOCK. NOW FINISH BOTH ENDS WITH THE TUBE SPINNING IN THE DRILL & USING A 320 / 400 GRIT METAL FINISHING SANDPAPER.      

A STERN WARNING: THE PILLARS ARE ALWAYS FITTED & GLUED INTO THE STOCK BEFORE ANY ADDITIONAL BEDDING WORK IS DONE! AFTER THAT YOU CAN REMOVE ALL THE STOCK MATERIAL YOU DESIRE BECAUSE THE BARRELED ACTION IS RESTING COMFORTABLY ON THE PILLARS, WHICH PREVENTS THE RECEIVER FROM SINKING ANY LOWER INTO THE STOCK.   

 

“DEATH TO ALL FERAL HOGS…ADULTS & PIGLETS YOU MAY SEE WHEN HUNTING! —“THE ONLY GOOD FERAL HOG IS A DEAD ONE, PREFERABLY ONE THAT IS ROASTING INSIDE YOUR BBQ-PIT” 

HINT: THE PIGLETS WHICH ARE STRIPED LIKE A WATERMELON, ARE PLUM DECADENT TO CONSUME—SQUEAL!

 

“GURU”