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Are the recoil pads on the 870 express and wingmaster interchangable?

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by flip180, Mar 14, 2006.

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  1. flip180

    flip180 Member

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    I'm looking to get a limbsaver recoil pad for my wood stocked 870 express but, limbsaver only make them for the wingmaster. Will it interchange? If not. I need suggestions for a suitable alternative.

    Thanks, Flip.
     
  2. ArmedBear

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    I have the same question/issue. I believe that the three standard buttstocks are all different dimensions (synthetic, walnut, and scrapwood), and that they have changed a couple of them over the years. Limbsaver doesn't make one for the Express, AFAIK.

    Remington's own R3's are re-branded Limbsavers, I think, and I don't think you can get an R3 for the Express, either. This is odd, really, since Remington is giving up a good chance to make a few bucks.

    Pachmayr makes a pad that is specifically for the currently-manufactured scrapwood stock on the 870 Express (which I also have and use), as well as the Wingmaster and two different spec factory synthetic stocks. They wouldn't make 4 different models if they were the same size, unless of course they're really high or something.

    http://www.lymanproducts.com/pachmayr/

    $29.95 from Cabela's.

    http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/t...mayr&noImage=0&returnPage=search-results1.jsp

    Or you could just ditch the standard scrapwood stock altogether and replace it with a nice Hogue Overmolded set, $39.95 from Cabela's, complete with recoil pad and sling swivel. That's what I've been thinking about.

    http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/t...ogue&noImage=0&returnPage=search-results1.jsp

    Oops, I meant "hardwood.":p
     
  3. dfariswheel

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    Best options are to contact Remington and ASK.
    They have an excellent question system in their customer support area.

    You can also ask Limbsaver direct.

    I find it had to believe that the Limbsaver/R3 isn't available for all Remington guns.
     
  4. ArmedBear

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    Remington's FAQ's say that the aftermarket R3 pads only fit synthetic stocks. They say to call Limbsaver if you want something else. It might still be worth calling them.

    http://remington.custhelp.com/cgi-b...=&prod_lvl1=0&p_search_text=r3&p_new_search=1

    Limbsaver does make pads that you can custom fit. So does Gel-Tek.

    But I believe that Pachmyr is the only company that produces a pre-fit pad for the 870 Express wood stock.
     
  5. VWTim

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    FWIW, for those with synthetic stock guns, Midway was having a sale on the Remington R3's a week or so ago, but sure if it's still going.
     
  6. JohnBT

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    Remington changes their stock dimensions from time to time, so it could depend on how old the gun is.

    About 5 or 10 years ago I ordered a pre-fit Pachmayr pad from Gamaliel for my '93 Express. They told me up front that Remington had changed the dimensions of the stock and that what I was ordering would be too large. It was, so I sanded it down. Parts of it had to come down 1/8th of an inch or more.

    John
     
  7. ArmedBear

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    No doubt Remington's source of scrap wood dried up and they had to change the dimensions to fit what they could get.:p

    Maybe I should try making a stock out of curly maple. How would that look? An 870 Express with a curly maple stock?:D
     
  8. Dave McCracken

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    Curly maple makes nice stocks. Seen a few. Being dense, it runs heavy unless one does some judicious hollowing.

    Early stocks from the 50s and 60s are a bit trimmer than later ones.

    My TB has a alrge butt, over 50% more surface than the standard field stock.

    Makes sense. Trap guns are carried little and shot lots. Field guns vice versa.
     
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