I need somebody to shorten a wooden 870 stock

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I need somebody to shorten a wooden 870 stock

Post by JLB » Wed Mar 05, 2014 9:39 pm

Can anyone suggest a place to get this done?

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Re: I need somebody to shorten a wooden 870 stock

Post by John K » Thu Mar 06, 2014 12:24 am

Define "shorten"

Shorten the LOP an inch or 3?

Fit a recoil pad to the stock?

Fit stock to the pad and refinish?

Chop the stock to a birds head?

Chop the stock to a PG?

Chop the whole thing and SBS it?

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Re: I need somebody to shorten a wooden 870 stock

Post by Rentprop1 » Thu Mar 06, 2014 6:46 am

if it s for a kid or lady shooter, I'd look for another youth stock and sell or keep the original for later on :-k
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Re: I need somebody to shorten a wooden 870 stock

Post by JLB » Fri Mar 07, 2014 9:37 am

John K wrote:Define "shorten"

Shorten the LOP an inch or 3?

Fit a recoil pad to the stock?

Fit stock to the pad and refinish?

Chop the stock to a birds head?

Chop the stock to a PG?

Chop the whole thing and SBS it?
I'd like to take about an inch off the end of the wooden butt, then re-attach the recoil pad. I took the recoil pad off and shouldered it, and it feels better at that length for me.

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Re: I need somebody to shorten a wooden 870 stock

Post by buster » Sat Mar 15, 2014 2:30 pm

All you need is a table saw with a 'fence' and a friend, neighbor or wood shop that has one.
"What goes around comes around" sounds like good news to me!

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Re: I need somebody to shorten a wooden 870 stock

Post by jjk308 » Tue Mar 18, 2014 5:44 pm

You need to use a fine toothed blade and put masking tape on the stock over the line of the cut to avoid a lot of splinters. Usually a band saw works best, but you still have to sand the cut flat and perpendicular. If the stock isn't firmly held the saw can grab it and throw it or crack it.

But the best solution for complaints about shotgun recoil is a properly fitted stock with the right length of pull. Wearing normal shooting clothes the butt, pad on, needs to fit comfortably in the pocket of your shoulder with the end pad of your trigger finger easily reaching the trigger and lying flat on it, not stretching. An estimation of the proper length of pull can be done by putting the butt in the crook of your elbow while reaching for the trigger.

The other geometry of the stock can also be fitted but that requires custom stock work and a "Try Gun" that's adjustable. But you can get used to anything but a stock that's too long.
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Re: I need somebody to shorten a wooden 870 stock

Post by Synaptic Misfire » Tue Mar 18, 2014 8:46 pm

Use a bandsaw, preferably with a sled that the stock can be clamped to. A tablesaw unless it has a perfect blade may chip the piece and you risk it kicking back.
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