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Making a buttplate for a recoil pad

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by quatin, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. quatin

    quatin Well-Known Member

    I need a sanity check on an idea I just had to make sure I'm not doing anything too stupid.

    I have an 870 Express with a slip on limb saver, but it's shifting slightly when I shoulder it. Therefore, I want to screw it into the stock like the factory "recoil pad". I hear the screw on limb savers are not fitted to the Express model, so I figure, I can fit the slip on pad myself since it's a bit larger than the butt stock.

    The factory "recoil pad" consists of a plastic plate that is attached by wood screws onto the stock. The rubber pad seems to be just glued onto the back of the plate. I can make one of these plates with plywood, screw it onto the back of the stock and glue the slip on limb saver pad I have onto the plywood. I can then sand/grind the whole thing to fit.

    The idea seems simple to me and I can probably do it in under an hour. Any glaring problems I'm over looking or does anyone have a better solution?
  2. hoghunting

    hoghunting Well-Known Member

    Since you don't know where the air chambers are positioned in the slip on pad, you may ruin it when you grind it to fit. Just buy a grind to fit pad.
  3. quatin

    quatin Well-Known Member

    The slip on pad is modeled for the 870 express, so it's only a few millimeters larger than the actual pad. I'm just eyeballing it, but the slip on pad has 1/4'' to 1/2'' of rubber between the edges and the air pocket, so I think I'll have the margin for grind to fit. Worse case, I mess up the slip on pad and buy a grind to fit pad anyways right?
  4. Old Dog Man

    Old Dog Man Well-Known Member

    Limbsaver pad

    Limbsaver pads don't grin or sand very well, they tend to rollup in little balls of tacky rubber. Go ahead and try if you want too, like you said it's just another learning curve. Al
  5. Kp321

    Kp321 Well-Known Member

    Use care when grinding on Limbsaver pads. As stated, they ball up when they get too hot. To prevent that, I put them in the freezer overnight before grinding then use a fresh, sharp belt/disc and go slow. Re-freeze if they start to ball up. Needless to say, I charge more to install a Limbsaver than a Pachmayer.
  6. Clark

    Clark Well-Known Member

    I have never ground them down. I just leave them large. I think they work better with more area on my body. Not like some girl standing on me with high heels.

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