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help, 870 shoots high

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by Spinnerblade, Jun 27, 2005.

  1. Spinnerblade

    Spinnerblade Well-Known Member

    I was using up ammo the other day and discovered that at 15 yards my 20" barrel shoots 6-7 inches high, at 25 it's approx 10 inches high. This is with buckshot and slugs. With the 28" barrel it's approximately 4" low. Is there any way to correct this problem? Thanks. Patrick
  2. LHB1

    LHB1 Well-Known Member

    The "comb" functions as "rear sight for elevation" on a shotgun. The comb is the top portion of rear stock just behind where it dips down to mate with action. Use a file or rasp to lower this portion of stock until the gun hits right on. Test often and go slow as adding material back to raise the point of impact is more difficult. When right elevation is obtained, smooth the top portion of stock with sand paper (220 down to 600 grit) and refinish stock using TruOil or similar. To maintain uniform color, you may have to sand the entire rear stock lightly. I had to do this with my Browning Citori O/U shotguns (including Grade VI gun) to lower point of impact. It seems I need a lower comb than the "average" shooter according to most shogun brands (Browning, Winchester, Remington, etc.).

    Good shooting and be safe.
  3. Spinnerblade

    Spinnerblade Well-Known Member

    Thanks LB...

    I'm not sure what to do.
    I have already "built up" the comb of the stock to get the vent rib 28" barrel closer to point of aim. I guess I have to decide on which barrel to stick with. I raised the comb with a neoprene pad and tape, with a fabric ammo carrier covering everything up, so it wouldn't be any problem getting it back to stock.

    I'm planning on getting a Super X2 soon, maybe that could be my field gun and I could keep the 870 as the HD shottie.
    Jeez, I didn't realize I needed a new shotgun so bad :D . Thanks. Patrick
  4. only1asterisk

    only1asterisk member

    Stick a taller bead on your 20" barrel or just change your sight picture.

    Last edited: Jun 28, 2005
  5. Preacherman

    Preacherman Well-Known Member

    You could try putting a ramped bead on your short barrel, rather than just the plain bead on the barrel without a ramp.
  6. Spinnerblade

    Spinnerblade Well-Known Member

    Good suggestions guys..

    I think I'm going to do a little more testing. The raised bead on the 20" barrel sounds good. I'll probably play with comb height a little first, since that won't cost anything. It might be fine completly stock.
    Ask a question get some good answers. Thanks everyone. Patrick
  7. Dave McCracken

    Dave McCracken Moderator In Memoriam

    This is a common prob.

    Look at the difference in height from the muzzles your 28" and 20" barrels have to the bead.

    A ramp will fix.
  8. Spinnerblade

    Spinnerblade Well-Known Member

    OK, you've convinced me...

    A ramp it will be.
    I'm headed over to Bass Pro Shops today, I'll see if their gunsmith can fix me up. Patrick

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