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Remington 11 Auto Buffer Pad

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by USAFRetired, Feb 20, 2013.

  1. USAFRetired

    USAFRetired New Member

    Jul 29, 2009
    SW Idaho
    Greetings All,

    I've finally gotten around to working on a Remington 11 Auto 12 gauge (Browning A-5 clone to the uninitiated), that's been in the family for several generations. One of the main differences between the A11 and the A-5 is the A11 has a buffer pad riveted inside the back of the receiver that's about 1/8" thick. Over time these become hard & brittle and fall apart.

    I'd like to replace it, but I want to use something more effective than the original hard rubber or fiber pad. I have an SKS that I purchased a buffer pad for made from a modern polymer and the same thing on my 1911 spring rod. Both make a big difference with heavy loads.

    I was wondering if anyone makes this kind of thing in a sheet that can be cut to the desired shape and maybe comes in different thicknesses.

    R. Lee
  2. Safetychain

    Safetychain Member

    Jun 24, 2009
    Charleston, SC
    The buffer pad on mine finally fell apart on the skeet range with my son in 2004. It was 74 years old when it happened. In researching what caused it to break up I found that I'd been shooting it all my life (given to me in 1957 by my dad) with the recoil ring(?) in the lightest position. I did a lot of slugs and buckshot out of that gun. 74 years, didn't worry about it. I just bought a new fangled fibrous one (the old one was made of cork). My advice, don't use what is not made for it, and it was a pretty tough job getting the old rivet out and bradding the new one in where it looked right. Hang, couldn't even tell that there was a rivet there when I started work on removing it, even though it was brass. The new brass one fits just as snug but it is noticeable now.

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