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Butt cuff / shotshell holder recommendations

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by 226, Mar 9, 2006.

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  1. 226

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    Greetings. I know some don't care for butt cuff ammo holders (on the stock), but I see a useful purpose if I could only find the right one. I currently have this model on my 870P and it works but has a lanky fit especially near the butt where the shells bow out slightly.

    I am looking closer at the fabirc style such as this one. I wonder if they are sturdy enough to remain in place and will yield their loads when the chamber is dry and I reach over with my left hand to drop another one in.

    Which model do you use / recommend?

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  2. ArmedBear

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    It's 5 bucks; less than a few rounds of HD 00. Just buy it.

    If you don't like it, start wearing it on your arm or leg. You never know when you might need a few shells.
     
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    I think I bought mine from Walmart a couple years ago before hunting season for 3.99. Then, I used a thin piece of nylon strap on the end to keep it from sliding forward.
     
  4. backlash

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    I'm at work, the links you posted are blocked and my proxy is blocked :cuss: but anyway I use the "uncle Mikes" buttstock shot shell holder. It sorta moves while your shooting though. I don't keep the shotgun loaded at home, but I keep the ammo (00 buck) in the shell holder, so it's convenient to have.
     
  5. MCgunner

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    Walmart Koplin adorns my SxS twice pipe. I've got one for rifle calibers I wear on a forarm when I'm hunting with my Contender, works great and holds something like nine or ten .30-30s. I mean, I've not ever needed, but one, but it does look tacticool. :D
     
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    I have one of the koplin elastic butt cuffs and it's ok. It tends to slide around but for it's purpose it,s cheap and works well. I have one on a single shot that works well too.
     
  7. Burt Blade

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    These darn things tend to move around, especially when the gun is fired. This is not desireable.

    The best "butt cuffs" are a form-fitted, lace-up leather or heavy cloth sleeve. It wont move. Someone has to make this one.

    Next best is a factory one, to which you add a strap over the buttplate to keep the whole thing from sliding forward to the trigger.

    In the case of a "pure factory type", you would almost be better off cutting the cuff "tube" open and adding a velcro "zipper". Keep it with the gun, and when you grab the gun, move the cuff to the belt or to the offhand forearm. Note that most folks do not sleep with a belt on.

    If you merely want a cuff so you have five to load the gun, then strip the thing off the end of the buttstock as soon as you are done loading.

    I have found a really handy (and cheap) way to have "ready ammo" for a shotgun. I have used the cloth bag that comes with every 100-round box of (belted 7.62) M-60 Machinegun ammo. These little bags-on-a-strap are just right for holding an entire 25 round box of shotgun shells. They sling over a sholder easily.


    Nothing is more "tacticool" than mil-surplus OD green cheapo cloth sewn, by blind people, into something useful for the US Military.


    You can easily make these things. Get some heavy denim or canvas. Sew a sturdy square-bottom pouch that loosely fits a box of shotgun shells. Sew a reinforcing strap around the opening. Sew a sholder strap into a loop, then stitch the loop to the narrow sides and bottom of the bag, so the strap loop is under the bag. You now have an insustrial strength ammo bag for the burglar-repellant gun. You can dump the shells in loose, or remove the box top and put the whole box in.
     
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    I've got a few of those.

     
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    If you put four or five wide rubber bands around the stock of your gun and the butt cuff over it, it won't slide so much. I do that for a few kickin' rifles, don't see why it wouldn't work for sg.
    If your gun has sling swivels, or they can be added, put the swivel through the cuff and it will hold it from slipping, too.
     
  10. backlash

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    I'll have to try that rubberband trick
     
  11. USMC Tanker

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    I've got the Specter Gear Buttstock Shell Holder on my 870P MAX like the one you showed. If I understand correctly, it is supposed to be used in conjunction with a Specter Gear 3-Point Sling (it shares an attachment point with the sling). I know that Specter will send you an adapter if you don't have the sling, but I don't have any experience with that. I have both the 3-Point and the Shell Holder, and mine has worked flawlessly...stays put, sturdy, shells don't fall out, doesn't bow, etc. Even on rapid fire with hot slugs mine hasn't had a single problem, no complaints from me. If you don't have the 3-Point sling with it, consider getting one. I had a Specter on my issue rifle in Iraq and my entire time in the Marine Corps, very solid, reliable, good quality gear...you won't be disappointed.
     
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    i have a neoprene buttcuff on my 1300. i like it because it holds very tightly and doesn't slide around.

    it only holds four shells, but i find the four shell cuffs interfere with my arm less, and i keep four slugs in the cuff as a backup to the six #4 buck shells in the sidesaddle.
     
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    I use an Eagle Industries on my 870HD. Pricier than WalMart but works for me.
     
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    308win,

    Does your Eagle Ind. sit flush with the stock, looking from the top down? My cactus tactical butt cuff does not. It is flush at the forward strap but bows out at the rear strap.

    cactus tactical model

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    Just got a cloth model like this one. Jury is still out on function and I can see that it may slip and slide or move forward with hard use. The rear 870 sling stud may stabilize it some.

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    Yes it fits the contours of the stock very well. Keep in mind that the EI has a zipper closure compartment and the shell loops are on the outside of this compartment so there will always be some space between the shells and the stock and obviously the more "stuff" you have in the compartment and the more irregular the shape of said "stuff" the less conforming the shell loops will be to the surface shape of the stock.
     
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