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Aloha Skullboy:

IMHO, I think Devcon is a better product. Devcon makes several different grades of material (Steel, Titatnium, etc.) that gives you a choice of which one to use depending on the application.

For the main receiver area, I think Devcon is stronger and will outlast Marine Tex over a given period of time, reducing the need to skim bed. The closest to the Devcon Steel Bed material that I have used is the Acra Steel Bed material which is also outstanding.

Devcon Steel Putty and Marine Tex are both easy to use, but Marine Tex is a bit more "buttery". Both will stay where you put it, but I find the heavier, thicker material easier for me to apply.

Recently, in pillar bedding a Rem 700, I used all Devcon products, the 5 minute epoxy to hold the pillars in place, the Devcon Liquid Steel to flood the pillar base and then used Devcon Steel Putty to do the final bedding and it came out GREAT!

My remaining Marine Tex will be used for non essential areas like barrel channels, repairs, etc. Or maybe skim bedding, but Devcon or Acra Steel Bed will be the choice for me in the primary bedding job.

Good Luck on your bedding project! I don't think you will unhappy or dissatisfied either which way you go.

Aloha,

Tom O.
 

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Aloha Art:

Yes, I was describing to Skullboy the different products that I used on a "pillar bed" project for a REM 700.

The 5 minute epoxy holds the pillar in place, while the Liquid Steel, is poured into the milled cavity surrounding the pillar to give it the foundational strength in keeping the pillar in place. Then the Steel Putty was used for the final phase which the receiver itself would sit in.

All of this is DIFFERENT with a simple M14 type bedding project. It only requires the use of one product (whether Marine Tex, Devcon, Acra, etc.) to bed the receiver to the stock.

I think it is essential that the bedding material be applied properly to both the stock and receiver to get a good and tight fit! The bedding material is not "smeared" but more "rolled" in place, thus removing air pockets. Air bubbles, craters, pock marks is the worse thing from an "looks" perspective but may not affect performance, but it does demonstrate the bedders ability to apply the material.

In bedding a standard bolt action rifle without "pillars" would be the same as in the M14 type rifles. One product should do all...

Working with different bedding materials, you will find that there are big differences in consistency and texture. The steel, titanium, etc. are much thicker and can feel like butter to peanut butter in texture.

In Skullboy's case, he asked about two well known products. Marine Tex and Devcon... and both are excellent products. I'll bet his rifle came out AWESOME!!! We should PM him to post pictures of how it turned out!

I hope I was able to be more clear in this post... please let me know if I can be of additional help. You should also check with Warbird, Ted Brown, M14Dan, etc... these guys make some really cool stuff!

Aloha and Best Wishes,

Tom O.
 

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Aloha Art:

Your desciption and process is way over my head for sure! Please let us know how your experimentation progresses... :lol: You might be interested in looking at Tank's web site, he made a receiver block and mills that into the stock for a "SUPER" strong bed.

Hey Skullboy!

You know I read your posts with great interest... I have been wondering how you and Laz made out on that rifle. Well, I would love to see how the AI turns out! I haven't made the leap to an AI stock yet, but yours certainly gets my motor running!

Aloha folks...

Tom O.
 
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