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Do slip on recoil pads damage a stock?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by hometheaterman, May 2, 2010.

  1. hometheaterman

    hometheaterman Well-Known Member

    I'm considering a slip on limbsaver recoil pad. I plan to use it when shooting but remove it when I'm done. My question and fear with this is will they damage a wood stock or the finish on it? If they will I don't want one. Also are they easy to remove and install?
  2. Al LaVodka

    Al LaVodka member

    You mean does the rubber interact with the finsih? I suppose it COULD but, particulalrly if the finish is a hard gloss vs. oiled milsurp, I'd think you'd never know it was there. They CAN be a little hard to put on if they are well fit as they can be really sticky on that hard finish I mentioned -- could take more seconds.
  3. DMK

    DMK Well-Known Member

    I've used one of these Cabela's Kick-Killer Slip-On butt pads for years. It really dampens the recoil. It fits everything from my Mosin Nagants to my Fal Para's folding stock. I keep it in my range bag and just slip it on when I'm shooting.

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  4. LibShooter

    LibShooter Well-Known Member

    My dad always kept a rubber one on his Stevens 311. He gave me the shotgun a couple of years ago, and the pad was welded on. Apparently his preferred gun cleaner and lube (3 in 1 oil) dissolved the rubber. There are still little pink globs all over the stock. To me they're not damage; they are small reminders of my father. Most folks would call it damage, though.
  5. Boomm

    Boomm Well-Known Member

    I suppose that hypothetically it could rub a little bit but I doubt it would actually do anything.
  6. jimmyraythomason

    jimmyraythomason Well-Known Member

    I've seen this happen many times with the older slip on pads. I doubt that 3-n-1 oil or any other had anything to do with it especially since no oil should reach the stock/pad connection. If I were to use one today I would put a heavy coat of wax on the stock first.
  7. hometheaterman

    hometheaterman Well-Known Member

    Well, I bought one of the Limbsaver ones that also have Winchester on the package from Walmart and this is one of my favorite gun purchases I think. It took my rifle from hurting to shoot to feeling like shooting a .243. I can't believe the difference. Plus it's easy to just slip off when I'm done shooting and doesn't look too horrible when on the gun either. I'm just super impressed with this thing for $20. I wish I had gotten one a long time ago.
  8. chicharrones

    chicharrones Well-Known Member

    I've owned the rubber recoil pads, but I just don't trust them. Rubber, or whatever it's made out of, does funny things over many years time. It could break down and glue itself to things.

    I've got the Pachmayr version of what DMK posted. It comes off so easy that there should be no issue since you can remove it after each shooting session. If you're worried about it, that is.
  9. aka108

    aka108 Well-Known Member

    I would recommend a PAST recoil shield. You wear it and it can go under your shirt. No pad needed on the rifle.
  10. gondorian

    gondorian Well-Known Member

    Mine sucked up some of the oil from my garand stock and made it look unfinished where it had been.

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