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Shortening a Plastic Shotgun Stock?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by acr, Jun 16, 2003.

  1. acr

    acr Guest

    Has anybody out there done this, is it much different than shortening a wood stock?
  2. Volpe

    Volpe New Member

    May 6, 2003
    upstate n.y.
    Yeah I did a 870 plastic a few weeks ago. I used a fine toothed hacksaw figuring a powersaw might melt it some. Then I smoothed and straightened everything out with a rasp. Came out good but I'm sure theres a better way to do it.....
  3. Traveler

    Traveler Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    This is a common job for practicing gunsmiths.

    When you cut the stock you will find that it is either hollow or filled with a lightweight material like foam. What you need to do is figure out exactly how you want to install the new pad.

    The best jobs are done by those who take the time to fit a piece of hardwood into the hollow butt and then install a pad in the conventional manner using the wood to hold the screws.

    A quicker, not as strong, (and to my mind slovenly) job can be done by using an adhesive to attach the pad. The biggest problem with this type of work is that the difference in flexablity between the stock, the pad, and the adhesive allows failure after a short time.
  4. Traveler's got it right. Just be sure that you don't shorten the stock beyond the stock bolt if you have the type of stock that has the bolt close to the base of the pad. You can use epoxy to hold the piece of wood in the stock, just be sure to drill a large enough hole in the wood to make removal of the stock bolt easy.
  5. acr

    acr Guest

    Thanks to all who replyed. acr:)
  6. TarpleyG

    TarpleyG Senior Member

    Dec 28, 2002
    North Carolina
    See my post under the shotgun forum...


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