New 870 Stock & Forend Install


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YammyMonkey
September 17, 2008, 11:37 PM
I picked up a brand new 870 Police stock/forearm set at my local gun shop today (for $10) & when I brought it home & intalled the stock on my 870 there was a little gap if I left the stock bearing plate in place but was nice & tight when I left it out. Is this the way it's supposed to be?

The gun is kinda old. I don't know how old for sure; from the looks of the "Instruction Folder" (Rev. 6) I'd say 1960's if that makes any difference.

For forend wrenches the Brownell's version is almost twice the cost of the Gun Runners version & the Tom Menck version is about 3 times the cost, any advantage to one over the others?

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Fred Fuller
September 18, 2008, 01:02 AM
If the Menck is the same one I have, it fits a couple of different makes/models in two different gauges, 12 and 20. Plus it's forged, that sucker is hard as woodpecker lips and rings like a bell if you tap it. I like the Menck better than the Brownells (I have that one too) because the Menck version, being tubular, lets you line up the forearm with the action open as you tighten the nut down, so as to avoid barrel rub. The magazine tube can go all the way through the tool, and you can guage how evenly you've split the distance on the forearm gaps with the action open and the forearm against the receiver.

If you're putting a wooden stock on an 870, definitely leave the bearing plate in place. If you let the wood contact the receiver with no support, it's apt to chip, check or crack from recoil. The gap shouldn't be huge, but the bearing plate needs to be there for wooden stocks.

Call Remington during business hours at 800-243-9700 with your serial number and they can give you the year of manufacture.

Great deal on that furniture set, if it was in decent shape...

lpl

YammyMonkey
September 18, 2008, 11:04 AM
Thanks for the info Lee. The stock I'm putting on is the new synthetic police version. I was shocked when I saw the price on it.

Gordon
September 18, 2008, 03:12 PM
Note carefully exactly what Lee said: you leave the plate off the synthetic stocks.

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