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Recoil pad removal ?

ZumaZuma Member Posts: 12 ✭✭
edited July 2014 in Ask the Experts
Any Ideas ? I recently bought a very nice little 20ga shotgun Circa
1960. Someone added a recoil pad but did not shorten the stock.
This makes it too long for me. I bought a black plastic butt plate that I would like to install in place of the recoil pad and return the gun back to the factory length of pull. Next I removed 2 screws from the pad and attempted removal, it won't budge !
Could there possibly be additional screws that are hidden ?
OR, could it be glued on ? Will I have to cut it off ?
Thanks for your advice.


  • MIKE WISKEYMIKE WISKEY Member, Moderator Posts: 9,746 ******
    edited November -1
    sometimes these where glued in place, have fun [:D]
  • charliemeyer007charliemeyer007 Member Posts: 7,346 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Hard to tell from here, but there could be more screws. Try a big magnet or a metal detector. Probe the transition area with thin blade. Stick it in the freezer over night, some epoxies will loose the grip and let go with a sharp whack. Perhaps a band saw or a back saw to cut it off.
  • tsr1965tsr1965 Member Posts: 8,682 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    There is usually a backing plate, either attached to the pad, or made to be used in conjunction with the pad. You might have to carefully chisel it off. Take your time, as it is not a big deal, unless you rush it.

  • chiefrchiefr Member Posts: 13,005 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by MIKE WISKEY
    sometimes these where glued in place, have fun [:D]

    Removed one not long ago and yes it was glued on. Used a band-saw to remove close to the wood as possible, then a sharp knife and stationary belt sander for clean up.
    The fun part was removing the last bit of glue and rubber w/o damaging the stock. Slow but can be done.
  • ZumaZuma Member Posts: 12 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    Thanks everyone, I checked with a magnet and found nothing.
    so I ended up band sawing it off as suggested. This was the first one
    that I've seen that was glued on. It was screwed and glued ....
    I will be installing an original butt plate with the original length
    of pull. [:)]
  • TooBigTooBig Member Posts: 28,561 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    your going to hurt your shoulder if you take the pad off[:D][}:)][B)][^]
  • ZumaZuma Member Posts: 12 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    Well ....... I hope that at age 60+ I can handle the recoil of a
    20 gauge with target loads. BUT, I Gotta admit that I'm much
    more recoil sensitive than I was years ago ...
    For that reason, when shooting a 12ga , I really like my Reloads
    that are only 7/8 OZ of shot. Even 12ga " trap loads " @ 1 1/8
    seem to kick more that they used too.......
    Ain't getting OLD Fun ?
  • charliemeyer007charliemeyer007 Member Posts: 7,346 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Good work. I find that normal load of 3.75 DE 1.25 oz. of shot is tolerable in the Hand held 870 for less rounds than before.
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