August 22, 2006, 08:42 PM
I have one shotgun that really fits me well rather then fitting myself to the gun. Unfortunately, even though I rarely miss at skeet with it, I rarely use it because it is a black powder muzzleloader and takes a long time to reload compared to using shells. Measuring the stock and comparing it to my others, it becomes obvious that I need about 1/4" more drop in one shotgun and 3/8" in the other. I plan on taking a spokeshave to them to get that extra drop. Has anyone else taken this route? Anything in particular to look out for? These are field grade guns and the wood is nothing special. I do a lot of woodworking so figure I can refinish them to come close to matching the other wood. The question becomes do I maintain the straight line of the comb or get the extra drop by "dishing" the top of the stock somewhat so I don't have to change the profile of the buttplate so much?