Renewing an older thread here, I was wondering if those of you that did the soft bed thing, now after having used the guns for a half year or more, do you still think it was worthwhile doing it, or did the cushioning eventually become too flattened and the improvements disappear?
Mike Hancock here,ALL my guns are still shooting fine with the original 2 year old soft bedding in place. I keep them stored inside in a gun safe where it's around room temp. so there should be no problems with drying or cracking. My envelope of bulk neoprene sheeting I have on hand is still fine too. IMHO, a third benefit, aside from the two discussed benefits of sound thwack noise reduction in your cheek weld -- and overall vibration dampening throughout the whole gun stock during shooting, is you get a perfect bedding job. In other words you nullify any high and low spots where wood touches metal. It correlates to glass bedding a powder rifle. A perfect bedding job!AND, contrary to what's been written on here, I think Timmy's material is a bit too thin and a bit too hard. He gave me some, and although it's WAY BETTER than nothing, it's not as nice as my stuff. I use pure, black, 1/4- inch thick med hard neoprene sheets bought on E-Bay. Harder than wet suit materiel by quite a bit, but not really hard. I bought a bunch of it when I first started this crazy idea / project. The ONLY GUN I've had neutral results with was the AA TX 200. That gun has almost no stock contact forward of the front stock screw. It's all relieved so the whole front of the chamber area floats. No real place to put bedding! Maybe that's why they shoot so well right out of the box. Not enough metal to wood contact to be much problem. GOOD LUCK!