Remington 870 Butt Pad Installation, Grinding
Very interesting and useful information from EdwardE from Remington 870 Forum:
Looking at the butt end of the stock, it had at least 2 different pads on it during it’s lifetime. Fortunately, the smaller pair of holes lined up with the new recoil pad.
The install instructions were pretty easy to follow and I like the fact that there are no visible screw holes on the pad once the screws are installed. Makes for a nice, clean appearance.
Once the pad was screwed on, I got to see how much pad material I was going to have to have to remove. Quite a bit as you can see. I used Rem Oil on the screwdriver to keep from damaging the pad.
I took the pad back off and layed out masking tape to mark the stock’s profile. I should have done this when I first installed the pad; would have saved me from having to take off and reinstall the pad. Lesson learned.
With the profile now marked, it was off to the garage and to the belt sander. I have one of those Lowes el-cheapo Ryobi 4″ bench top models. Pachmayr instructed using 80 grit for the material removal. This is where I strayed from the instructions and went with 120 grit. 80 removes a lot of material fast and leaves deeper marks to try and smooth out. The pad was $25.00 and I did not wish to go too far, too fast and have it end up trashed. 120 worked fast enough and left a very smooth finish.
During the grinding process, I was most concerned with getting the tail of the pad to be correct. I think they look best following the angle of the stock; squared off, they just don’t look right. I watched some Youtube videos where the pros use some sort of jig to do this. I’m no pro nor am I willing to spend the cash on such a device. I just eyeballed it. After a little clean up with some Armor-All, the pad is installed and the stock is ready for use.
All in all, this process wasn’t that difficult at all. Take time, measure twice, go easy on the sanding and it all went well.
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