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I don’t really want to extend this already long post, but what is tge advantage of bedding a scope rail? Surely if it fits, it fits.

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21 minutes ago, Brillo said:

I don’t really want to extend this already long post, but what is tge advantage of bedding a scope rail? Surely if it fits, it fits.

If it fits without distortion I would think there's no advantage. 

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In my case its an old Parker Hale 1200 (Mauser action) with an aluminum rail. When fitting the rail you can easily run paper underneath the lugs.

Not having a machined face to face finish to start isn't ideal. This could potentially affect (distort) the rail when pulling down to the correct torque if there are only a few contact points, additionally having a large heavy scope interacting under recoil stresses on top of this doesn't feel right either given the size of the screws used and minimal contact area.

Fitting with a bedding material provides a large contact area perfectly matched to the profile of the rail and the action hence spreading the load evenly across a larger surface area when the screws are torqued down. Ultimately this should prevent/reduce any unwanted movement or undue stresses on single points of contact. 

Will I notice a difference? Who knows?  Will I feel better knowing its "right"? Absolutely! 😊

Also meant to mention that the Kiwi clear polish worked a treat and Edi's advice on using WD40 on a cotton bud for wiping off the excess worked a treat!

All the best

😊

 

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