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How to Install a Seekins Precision SRS Bipod Rail
When you upgrade the stock of your precision rifle to one of the high-end options from H-S Precision, McMillan, or Bell & Carlson, you’ll find two sling swivel studs on the front end for a bipod and a sling attachment point. That’s perfectly fine if you intend on using a bipod that attaches via a sling swivel stud like a Harris, for example.
If you want to upgrade your bipod game to one of the premium options from Accu-Tac or Atlas, you’ll find those premium bipods almost exclusively attach via rail instead of a single sling swivel stud. There are several reasons for this, including added strength, rigidity, and having multiple points of contact with the mount and rifle over a single-point system that a standard sling swivel stud offers.
Seekins Precision-Machined Sling Rail Stock (SRS)
The Seekins Precision SRS, or Sling Rail Stock, is proudly made in the USA and comes in several different sizes that have been precision CNC-machined out of 6061-T6 billet aluminum. They are also Type III Class 2 Hardcoat Anodized for a matte black finish.
In simple terms, this little piece of metal adds a four-slot Picatinny rail to your otherwise bare stock. The Seekins Precision SRS Rail featured in the above video and in this article is the 2-inch version, specifically for H-S Precision stocks like the one I have installed on my Remington 700. The other sizes available are 3-inch for McMillan and 2.5-inch for Bell & Carlson to precisely fit the existing sling swivel holes in the stocks.
One of the big selling points of the Seekins Precision SRS Rail is the fact that you not only gain a mil-spec 1913 Picatinny rail on your rifle, but you also don’t lose the ability to attach a sling. The SRS rail includes a machined, non-rotating sling attachment point on the back of the rail. This is obviously very convenient for attaching slings, but it’s also a huge upgrade over using a standard threaded sling swivel stud.
The SRS rail sling attachment point is literally part of the rail itself, so it will never rotate loose like standard threaded studs tend to do over time. I can clearly remember at least one occasion when my sling swivel stud backed out. I was stepping over a log and ended up dropping my rifle barrel straight into the dirt like a lawn dart. Not fun, or safe.
How To Mount an Accu-Tac Bipod On a Hunting Rifle
If you’re looking for a way to mount a super nice bipod like an Accu-Tac or Atlis on a hunting rifle, here’s the perfect solution.
In addition to the purpose-built, brand-specific SRS rail models available, Seekins Precision also offers a universal rail mount for any other kind of wood or composite stock. So if you’re trying to mount an Atlas bipod, for example, this is exactly what you’re looking for.
The Seekins Precision UBM, or universal bipod mount, is similar to their SRS rail options; however, the UBM does not feature a sling attachment point on the rail like the SRS does. The UBM rail has one dedicated screw hole and one elongated hole to fit a large variety of spacing between sling swivel studs.
If your current stock only has one sling swivel stud, you can easily add an additional hole with a standard T-nut Allen screw or threaded wood insert found at hardware stores. Be careful not to drill too deep when installing the insert – otherwise, you can drill into your barrel, if you don’t disassemble the rifle prior to installing the insert.
If you are going to be drilling into your stock to add a second screw hole, I would recommend picking up a Seekins Precision SRS Rail over the UBM rail because of the added benefit of the integrated sling attachment point.
How to Install a Seekins Precision SRS Rail
Installing the Seekins Precision SRS rail is super easy and very straightforward. Use an Allen wrench or similar-sized object, insert it into your existing sling swivel stud holes, and unscrew them just like any normal screw.
The Seekins Precision SRS Rail ships with a total of four different screws with two different thread pitches for the various stocks available on the market. Just look at the sling stud you just removed and compare it to the threads of the screws in the package to make sure you’re using the right thread pitch for your stock. If you try to screw in the hardware and it doesn’t seem to be working, stop and try the other set instead of forcing it. You can permanently ruin the threads in your stock by trying to force it.
Anytime I’m installing parts on firearms, I like to secure the screws with some kind of thread locker. I prefer blue Loctite to help make sure they don’t come loose over time under recoil. You want to make sure you’re using BLUE 242 (removable) Loctite and NOT RED 271 (permanent), so you can actually remove the screws in the future if needed. You should use purple 222 Loctite for the smaller screws.
If you haven’t invested in a quality inch-pound torque wrench, I would very highly recommend picking one up. There are several different options on the market that are specifically made to work on firearms. I used a Wheeler F.A.T. Wrench for this particular project. Another good option is the Real Avid Smart TORQ set.
Summary & Final Thoughts
The overall design concept for the Seekins Precision SRS Rail is fairly simple. However, the inclusion of a non-rotating sling mount integrated into the rail is awesome. Another great aspect of the SRS rail is that it is contoured to fit your rifle stock perfectly for a very nice low profile addition of mil-spec 1913 Picatinny rails.
If you spent big bucks on a nice rifle, optic, and bipod, don’t go cheap with the rail to attach everything together! Seekins Precision prices their SRS Rail at $25, which is not crazy expensive and totally reasonable for what it is.
Overall, I think the Seekins Precision SRS Rail is a great product that will allow you to very easily and securely mount any bipod or accessory that utilizes standard Picatinny rails – no complaints or issues to mention.