February 5th, 2015, 06:34 AM
Join Date: May 2006
Location: kerrville. texas
Clarification on Bedding material
Originally Posted by flintsghost
If you are talking about 001029 that is in the possession of Collectors Firearms, then you are being misled that it is a Devine. I know they say that it is in their info or rather that it falls into the range of the Devine's. But the barrel is not marked underneath as it is supposed to be. That could mean it was a Devine and someone rebarreled it at some time or another or it could mean it was sold as a receiver only by either L&H Gun Co or by SAI after they acquired the assets and parts of L&H in Dec 1974.
I have seen a considerable number of NM Devines from two digits through to higher 4 digits. All of them that I have seen that were done prior to leaving the company were bedded with an thick consistency Acraglas that has a uniformly reddish brown color. Alledgedly, Elmer didn't do any NM building and farmed it out to former armorers from Lackland AFB and also the armorers at USAMTU at Ft Benning among others. He is also alledged to have traded receivers for the work among other things. The type of yellowish white bedding material shown on 001029 is something no real military armorer would ever use. The #1 reason is shinkage. In a short time it becomes so loose that the bedding is virtually useless and the barreled action can be removed with ease. A properly done weapon with either Acraglass or Devcon (favored by the USMC) will be hard to remove and the material has only minimal shrinkage.
I am in possession of a Devine that was bedded by Art Luppino, or so I was told. He used that kind of material in it. He also lives in South Texas and may actually have done the one that Collector Firearms has. When I first saw it that was my thought. But without asking Art for a yes or no, you won't know for sure. But without a marked barrel, all one has there is a probable Devine receiver that was built up aftermarket as a rifle.
This is an interesting Post, in that it offers most of the questions that may never be answered.. I can answer one of however.. Quote. " He used that kind of material", unquote.. I have never used Acraglass.. I have used Devcon, but only in the past year.. I can also tell you the Service Armorer's, relative to that rifle time frame, used BIsonite...
Best regards,, Art Luppino