Are the recoil pads on the 870 express and wingmaster interchangable?


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flip180
March 14, 2006, 06:48 PM
I'm looking to get a limbsaver recoil pad for my wood stocked 870 express but, limbsaver only make them for the wingmaster. Will it interchange? If not. I need suggestions for a suitable alternative.

Thanks, Flip.

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ArmedBear
March 14, 2006, 06:55 PM
I have the same question/issue. I believe that the three standard buttstocks are all different dimensions (synthetic, walnut, and scrapwood), and that they have changed a couple of them over the years. Limbsaver doesn't make one for the Express, AFAIK.

Remington's own R3's are re-branded Limbsavers, I think, and I don't think you can get an R3 for the Express, either. This is odd, really, since Remington is giving up a good chance to make a few bucks.

Pachmayr makes a pad that is specifically for the currently-manufactured scrapwood stock on the 870 Express (which I also have and use), as well as the Wingmaster and two different spec factory synthetic stocks. They wouldn't make 4 different models if they were the same size, unless of course they're really high or something.

http://www.lymanproducts.com/pachmayr/

$29.95 from Cabela's.

http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/links/link.jsp?id=0012755221101a&type=product&cmCat=search&returnString=hasJS=true&_D%3AhasJS=+&QueryText=pachmayr&_DARGS=%2Fcabelas%2Fen%2Fcommon%2Fsearch%2Fsearch-box.jsp.22&Go.x=0&Go.y=0&N=4887&Ntk=Products&Ntx=mode+matchall&Nty=1&Ntt=pachmayr&noImage=0&returnPage=search-results1.jsp

Or you could just ditch the standard scrapwood stock altogether and replace it with a nice Hogue Overmolded set, $39.95 from Cabela's, complete with recoil pad and sling swivel. That's what I've been thinking about.

http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/links/link.jsp?id=0020926223829a&type=product&cmCat=search&returnString=_dyncharset=ISO-8859-1&hasJS=true&_D%3AhasJS=+&%2Fcabelas%2Fcommerce%2FCabelasCatalogNumberFinder.giftCertificateURL=%2Fcabelas%2Fen%2Ftemplates%2Fgiftcertificate%2Fgiftcertificate.jsp%3Fid%3D0005586990011a%26podId%3D0005586%26catalogCode%3DIB%26navAction%3Djump%26indexId%3D&_D%3A%2Fcabelas%2Fcommerce%2FCabelasCatalogNumberFinder.giftCertificateURL=+&QueryText=hogue&_DARGS=%2Fcabelas%2Fen%2Fcommon%2Fsearch%2Fsearch-box.jsp.form21&Go.x=0&Go.y=0&N=4887&Ntk=Products&Ntx=mode+matchall&Nty=1&Ntt=hogue&noImage=0&returnPage=search-results1.jsp

Oops, I meant "hardwood.":p

dfariswheel
March 14, 2006, 07:07 PM
Best options are to contact Remington and ASK.
They have an excellent question system in their customer support area.

You can also ask Limbsaver direct.

I find it had to believe that the Limbsaver/R3 isn't available for all Remington guns.

ArmedBear
March 14, 2006, 07:24 PM
Remington's FAQ's say that the aftermarket R3 pads only fit synthetic stocks. They say to call Limbsaver if you want something else. It might still be worth calling them.

http://remington.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/remington.cfg/php/enduser/std_alp.php?p_sid=gKxruu2i&p_lva=&p_li=&p_page=1&p_cv=&p_pv=&p_prods=0&p_cats=&p_hidden_prods=&prod_lvl1=0&p_search_text=r3&p_new_search=1

Limbsaver does make pads that you can custom fit. So does Gel-Tek.

But I believe that Pachmyr is the only company that produces a pre-fit pad for the 870 Express wood stock.

VWTim
March 15, 2006, 12:38 AM
FWIW, for those with synthetic stock guns, Midway was having a sale on the Remington R3's a week or so ago, but sure if it's still going.

JohnBT
March 15, 2006, 07:39 AM
Remington changes their stock dimensions from time to time, so it could depend on how old the gun is.

About 5 or 10 years ago I ordered a pre-fit Pachmayr pad from Gamaliel for my '93 Express. They told me up front that Remington had changed the dimensions of the stock and that what I was ordering would be too large. It was, so I sanded it down. Parts of it had to come down 1/8th of an inch or more.

John

ArmedBear
March 15, 2006, 02:03 PM
No doubt Remington's source of scrap wood dried up and they had to change the dimensions to fit what they could get.:p

Maybe I should try making a stock out of curly maple. How would that look? An 870 Express with a curly maple stock?:D

Dave McCracken
March 15, 2006, 09:06 PM
Curly maple makes nice stocks. Seen a few. Being dense, it runs heavy unless one does some judicious hollowing.

Early stocks from the 50s and 60s are a bit trimmer than later ones.

My TB has a alrge butt, over 50% more surface than the standard field stock.

Makes sense. Trap guns are carried little and shot lots. Field guns vice versa.

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