December 12th, 2007, 03:30 PM
Join Date: Jan 2006
I would still bed a stock that had an aluminum frame. They are nice, and make the stock a bit more stiff, but it still needs to be bedded to your action. It has made a bit of difference in those I have had with an aluminum block, like my 700 LTR (although that now wears a McMillan A5).
I'm also not a fan of Hogue, but AI does make a nice stock if that is what you are after.
If you are looking for a McMillan style stock, but without the price, check out Manners stocks. Half price, a quarter of wait time, and a fine stock.
Be sure to be liberal with the release agent, and turn the stock screws every few hours. I like to use Steel Bed for mine, but have used Acraglass and Marine Tex as well. In a pinch, I've even used JB Weld, but would rather stick to the others listed above.