The Art of Making a Good Rifle Shoot Great
By: Alex J. Sitman, owner
Master Class Stocks, Inc.
foundation of each and every stock built at Master
Class is the bedding, that crucial fit of the
action to the stock. It is my opinion that pillar
bedding, properly done, is the best system to
make the stock and action as one.
First, the pillars when mated to the action,
keep the receiver screws not only in proper alignment
to the action, but also insure that when torqued
down, the action is being drawn down squarely
into the stock. This proper alignment also insures
that the receiver screw head comes in proper contact
with the pillar, keeping the rifle the same torque
value shot after shot.
Secondly, the use of a good bedding compound
(we like Devcon Plastic Steel Putty) mates the
stock 100% to the action. We feel this reduces
excessive stress on the action during firing.
We also feel that thin bedding, although better
than nothing, is inferior over the long haul in
keeping a rifle “on call”. We bed
at least 1/8” thick under the action area
and up to 1/4" thick around the lug and pillars.
We feel this is the best way to stabilize all
stocks, regardless of the material being used.
Over the past 18 years I have developed a system
for this style of bedding that has been proven
effective in every avenue of shooting. From setting
World and National Records on some of the toughest
firing lines in America to Big Game Hunters bagging
game from Africa to the Artic Circle, our techniques
have been proven time and time again.
After the rifle is properly bedded, we take the
time to epoxy seal the barrel channel and all
interior cuts. This serves two purposes. First,
it seals the stock, whether fiberglass or wood,
against the elements. Secondly, it seals the trigger
housing area from allowing dust and fibers from
getting into the expensive match grade triggers.
By now you can see at Master Class we bed rifles
with a passion. Every job is as neat inside as
out. And we guarantee it.
Pillarbedding shown on an Anschultz target rifle. Aluminum lug is also installed and fitted to the action for easier location of the barreled action. As in all bedding jobs, all interior stock cuts are sealed against the elements and protected against unwanted dust and dirt from getting into the trigger housing.
Pillarbedding shown for a Remington Model 700 style action.
|Pillarbedding shown on a 3 screw RPA Quadlite action.