Rossi Matched Pair .22LR + 20ga - Part IV: Buttplate quick release. Ideas?

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  1. sabatier

    sabatier Member

    Jun 24, 2011
    Part I: General Info and Mods
    Part II: Scope and Rings
    Part III: Onboard ammo storage
    Part IV: Buttplate quick release. Ideas?

    The firearm: Rossi Matched Pair break action .22 long rifle and 20 gauge, in youth configuration (Rossi # S201220BS).

    I'm very happy how I have adapted this gun to my needs. One issue remains, and I ask your help. Currently I run my setup in one of two ways:

    1) thin plastic factory buttplate inserted into the Limbsaver, then the Limbsaver slipped over the end of the buttstock. No screws. No mini screwdriver needed. Violent shaking or lateral force on the recoil pad may dislodge pad and buttplate, or
    2) thin plastic factory buttplate screwed into the buttstock of the rifle, then the Limbsaver slipped over the end of the buttstock. Two screws. Mini screwdriver stowed in forend. Shaking/force does not dislodge Limbsaver/buttplate assembly.

    What I'm looking to do is get rid of the screwdriver yet be able to affix the buttplate to the buttstock in a more secure, yet easily removable, tool-less manner. The only idea I could come up with were tabbed thumbscrews like those commonly found on the base of computer LCD displays, but I cannot find them for sale anywhere (nor do I know the correct name for them). I'd have to dremel the buttplate to allow space for the tab but that is fine with me. If anyone knows what these are called and where I can purchase them could you chime in? Of course, I am open to other ideas too! Please help.

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  2. Smith357

    Smith357 Member

    Feb 19, 2005
    Columbus, Ohio
    How about you glue some pins into the screw holes of the factory butt plate then insert the plate into the recoil pad as in option one. Those pins should fit into the screw holes in the stock and keep the plate from shifting laterally. You may need to open up the screw holes in the stock.
  3. sabatier

    sabatier Member

    Jun 24, 2011
    That sounds reasonable, especially if I increase the pin friction by lining the inside of the screw holes with a latex compound. Simple.. I like this idea. I'm going to sit on this project for a few more days to weigh other options if anyone else chimes in. Thanks for your insight Smith357.
  4. tango2echo

    tango2echo Member

    Dec 14, 2008
    Let me know what you figure out. I have been "survivalizing" a .410/22 Matched Pair. I just use a small screw driver in the forend for now. I was thinking about a small hinge and latch of some kind.
  5. sabatier

    sabatier Member

    Jun 24, 2011
    I've come to realize that it is the Limbsaver pad, not the loose butt plate, that has play in it. The butt plate stays securely and positively positioned within the recoil pad. All the setup needed was a bit of friction to keep the anterior (forward) part of the pad from losing grip on the stock. I wrapped the last inch and a half of the butt stock twice around with duct tape, one around with electrical and one last time around with skateboard tape. Now the recoil pad seems glued on and doesn't budge no matter how much I abuse it. Bonus is I can keep the setup tool-less w/ relatively no effort or expense, and no permanent modification to the gun.

    I really liked the hinge idea, I also considered a cotter/R-pin and bolt setup. But this seems to do the job for now
  6. rnpollard

    rnpollard Member

    Oct 17, 2009
    Duct Tape

    Is the perfect solution. I've played around with my Rossi Matched Pairs for a while and that is what I've come up with.

    I used a bright orange cloth tape. Two pieces across the butt plate and then I wrapped the end of the butt to secure these. I folded over a small section on the end to facilitate getting it off.

    The tape also helps keep the Limbsaver on tight. There isn't a down side to this method that I've found.

    I don't plan on going into this butt unless it is a SHTF scenario and if that happens the tape is no barrier and a little tape comes in handy.

    I like the idea of keeping the 22 ammo in the butt. I have the 20 gauge or .410 shells in a holder on the butt. I use the additional space for a small folding knife, a mini bic and some tinder.

    Thanks for the write up.

    No I've got to look for a matched pair PISTOL!
  7. Blindstitch

    Blindstitch Member

    Jul 24, 2013
    Nice writeup. I just picked up a .22/410 combo and got a bit of inspiration from the pictures.

    For now I decided to order the stock recoil pad and possibly add a spacer to make it comfortable. Kind of a middle ground for a youth and adult shooter. The one thing I notice first thing is the .22 sights are easy to see but the 410 is an effort to see and only with the hammer back. Seems like there has to be a basic set of sights that can be added to the front and back to make it easier to see. The bead is probably a bit easier to see on the 20 gauge.

    I debated getting one but I had a really good 410 when I was a kid and have access to a 20 gauge.
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