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Cut off the stock on a shot gun - best way to smooth out the recoil pad?

Discussion in 'Tactical Shotguns' started by Z71bill, Apr 6, 2010.

  1. Z71bill


    Feb 19, 2007
    I cut the stock down on my wife's 20 gauge shot gun - wanted to decrease the LOP and add a softer recoil pad - which is thicker than the stock pad --

    The recoil pad / butt plate was then too large.

    I used 100 grit sandpaper on the rubber butt plate to get it close - then switched over to 150 grit - then 300 wet or dry - 400 wet or dry

    All is well except the finish looks a little ruff -

    I even tried 1,000 & 1,200 grit wet and it still looks ruff.

    The rubber gets sort of sticky - like a gummy bear.

    Any advise?

    I only have 1/32 of an inch left to sand before I am even with the stock - I may just call it a day - close enough.
  2. MJB


    Jul 28, 2008
    Treasure Coast FL
    Take it to a gunsmith and have it done right. When I bought my Stevens 311 I had the shops gunsmith cut the end of the stock and put on a recoil pad to keep the LOP the same as stock. You would swear it came from the factory that way and IIRC it was not expensive at all.

  3. GLShooter


    Jan 3, 2006
    Phoenix, AZ

    The traditional way is to tape the stock wood up and use a belt sander on the pad.