New shotgunners don’t like the heavy recoil of the 12 gauge Remington 870. This is understandable because nobody likes coming home with black and blue shoulder. You will get used to the recoil with time and ammo spent but there is inexpensive solution to make life of new Remington 870 shotgun owners easier.

Standard Remington 870 buttpad is a hard rubber recoil pad which works well but can be replaced with one of the aftermarket recoil pads. Let’s talk about the available replacement buttpads and find the best one.

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The Remington SuperCell Recoil Pad is the best upgrade so far to my Remington 870 Tactical shotgun. Shooting different brands of rifled slugs to find which works best can be just plain brutal. The switch to the SuperCell pad takes the “flinch factor” out of shooting slugs and allows longer shooting session with target loads. Your shoulders will thank you.

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Here is the list of the most affordable yet really important upgrades for your Remington 870 shotgun.

1. Carrier Latch Spring ($4.84)

Carrier elevates the shell and it will be held there until the bolt can push it into the chamber. Carrier dog spring upgrade upgrade ensures positive feeding when using heavier rounds.

Carrier dog spring upgrade is very simple. It is as important as extractor replacement. Many custom Remington 870 shotguns have better carrier dog spring.

You can get heavier carrier dog spring for just $4.84 here:

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This recoil pad from Remington company is one of the most popular upgrades for Remington 870. This recoil pad is much softer than a standard one and reduces felt recoil by 54%.

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