Remington 870 buttplate


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Brother in Arms
September 30, 2008, 10:41 AM
hey everyone

I was wondering if anyone knew if older remington 870's where ever equipped with a metal buttplate? I have a synthetic stock set on my 870 and it has the usual rubber recoil pad, which I would like to replace with a metal one. Why do this you might ask? Firstly it will shorten the length of pull perfectly and a metal butt plate would slide on clothing better than the rubber one when bringing the gun up, It will also be more deadly if it ever has to be used as an impact weapon. Draw back will probably be an increase in felt recoil.

If I have to I can make one, but I wondered if they where used on older 870's and if so are they are steel or pot metal?

Brother in Arms

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Virginian
September 30, 2008, 10:29 PM
Remington has never used anything on the 870 but plastic or a recoil pad to the best of my knowledge.

ReadyontheRight
September 30, 2008, 10:40 PM
I always thought a metal buttplate would be great on a defensive shotgun. Just like on a battle rifle. Wear a sweatshirt and a padded vest for practice. The adrenelin would probably negate the pain for a while if you ever have to shoot it in your PJs.

Please post here if you track one down. If you can make them, I bet you could sell a few.

Youngster
September 30, 2008, 11:14 PM
I just wind a little electrician's tape over the sticky sides and rear edges of the recoil pad, works fine for me, although one of these days I plan to have a slick piece of leather molded on there for the same purpose.

Rshooter
October 1, 2008, 02:22 AM
Your efforts are in vain. Remington did use plastic butt plates on their older shotguns but the length of the wood was longer to make up for the shorter butt plate so the dimensions do not match, I have one. I have tried other Remington plastic and metal plates to no avail. I do have a nice collection now though. I am planning on taking an inch or half an inch off of my stock and then matching a limbsaver specialty pad to the stock. They make about twenty or more sizes to fit many different sizes of stocks. I am hoping that once I get the stock ready it will nicely match a limbsaver size option available.

Good Luck.

Jeff

Virginian
October 1, 2008, 06:39 AM
How the hell does a thread go from metal buttplates to fitting a recoil pad?

Rshooter
October 1, 2008, 10:38 PM
Read the original question, understand it, and then you will know how the hell.

The shooter is attempting to shorten the pull length of the stock by removing the recoil pad and adding a metal plate. For most shorter shooters this would be a very viable option but no one makes such a plate. Therefore the only option we have is to remove an inch or so off of the stock and add a new recoil pad that matches the new dimensions of the shortened stock.

Youngster
October 1, 2008, 11:35 PM
I've shot an older Model 12 that had a hard plastic buttplate...not fun with heavy loads, forget about that! No to mention it was actually less snag free than my taped over Limbsaver. As mentioned above a shorter stock combined with a good recoil pad and some kind of slick covering for it would probably work a lot better.

proud2deviate
October 1, 2008, 11:45 PM
I'd think making one would be dead simple (not necessarily easy, but simple.)

ants
October 2, 2008, 01:01 AM
I have an 870 made in 1961. My dad gave it to me in 1966. The plastic butt plate has always been smooth and slick like a steel plate. Just for the heck of it, try a plastic one to see if it suits your needs.

Rather than fabricate a steel buttplate, you might consider a steel butt plate from some other shotgun or rifle, and fit it to your 870. Probably a lot less work than fabricating from scratch.

ReadyontheRight
October 2, 2008, 03:38 AM
From the responses, I think you need to generate a little money by manufacturing a metal buttplate for an 870.

I'll take two if you can get the price point below $20.

Virginian
October 2, 2008, 11:00 AM
I read the original post and he was, among other things, considering the use of the gun butt as a weapon, which sorta took a recoil pad out of the picture in my mind.

Rshooter
October 2, 2008, 11:46 PM
A recoil pad would defeat the purpose of a headbutt. :banghead:

batex
October 3, 2008, 01:20 AM
I think it would be extremely easy to take some thick aluminum plate and make a butt plate to fit your remington. I'd suggest 1/4" thick aluminum as it would be extremely durable. Aluminum can be cut and shaped with woodworking tools...yes I've done it. You can cut it with a band saw blade and even sand it to shape.

There's no way I'd cut wood off the stock just to be able to add a recoil pad if that's not what you want. Just because someone doesn't make and package it for sale doesn't mean it can't be done.

Look for a local company that may use aluminum and just buy some scrap. I've done this many times for a variety of projects.

Brother in Arms
October 5, 2008, 02:18 PM
Making a steel butt plate would be easy enough trace the original recoil pad with a sharpie marker onto a piece of flat stock, cold rolled would be fine. Cut it out with a hack saw or metal band saw. Shape with a grinder and smooth with a file. Locate your two holes for the buttstock screws using the original as a t template again then drill holes using a drill press . I would use a slightly larger bit to enlarge the hole slightly so the screw heads would be counter sunk.

Then you could bead blast it and pakerize it for that milspec look. Or just paint it with flat black paint.

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