Dr. Vette":2mt9g51v said:It's not a matter of returning to where it was before, it's a matter of inducing stress on the action.
The only time I have purposely placed stress on an action for a bedding job is the 338-06 rifle I described in another thread recently - and I didn't tape the bottom of that lug either as I want it to return to the same spot after any removal of the barreled action.
Again, I'm not saying you're wrong, but there is a legitimate and sensible counter argument to both theories. Leaving what I think out of it, this has been debated by gun builders (which I don't claim to be) as much as Ford vs Chevy, and Blondes vs Brunette's. Easy to find pages and pages on the subject.
Nathan Foster, who has probably shot more game from 600-1000 + yds than most us will at normal ranges, according to his instructions, tapes off the bottom of the lug. And yes, including actions where the front action screw goes directly into the bottom of the lug such as Howa's, which happens to be one of the rifles in his instructions.
As I said initially, I haven't tested enough Mauser's both ways to intelligently state the pro's and con's of each. I've gotten good results with one method, but am willing to try the other to see if it works. Easy enough to fix if I don't like it.