I have glass bedded oodles of guns over the years without incident. However today I had a stinking, agrivating, wanting to kill something mess.
My brand new Ruger 77 SS 358 Winchester came with the usual awful black plastic stock so yesterday I rode my motorcycle down to Brownells and bought a new walnut stock. Last night I put paste wax on all the usual metal parts that you don't want stuck together. Then this morning at 6AM I mixed up some Accra Glass Gel, put it in the stock at the usual places.... the locking lug and a dab top and bottom at the rear tang. At 8 AM, 10 AM and 3 PM I unscrewed the tang screws one turn and then tightened them back down as a precaution to make sure they weren't going to be siezed in place. Tonight at 10 PM after getting home from the Whitetail banquet I decided to pop the action out of the stock. I normally wait 12 hours tonight I was busy so it got to sit for 16 hours. I removed the screws and whacked the barrel....not real hard but solidly on the arm of the couch. The barreled action popped right out and the unset Accra Glass strung from the barrel to the stock and on moms new couch. She was mad and I was mad and the dog headed for the closet.
I haven't a clue as to what went wrong. The mixed glass in the mixing cup was hard as a rock. The glass at the rear tang screw was totally set but the glass in the recoil lug looked like I had just mixed it. It all came out of that same mixing cup and the evidence that the left over still in the cup was hard as a rock has left me scratching my head.
It's 2 1/2 hours later and I've got it all cleaned up and just tightened the tang screws down on a different batch of bedding compound. In fact it's not Accra Glass but rather Devcon 10110 that was in the cupboard in the garage. It is what I used when I put a new fiberglass handle in my splitting maul a few weeks back. I figure if it can hold the head on a 10lb splitting maul through several loads of split wood then it should be able to handle the recoil of a 358 Winchester........we will know in a few days!