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    Recoil Pad " 101"

    Thought you guys might like to see how I fit a recoil pad. This is a Pach Decelerator pad fitted to a synthetic stocked Rem. Model 700 .














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    Ben,

    Thank you for posting this. I have 3 old pawnshop guns with bare ends. Maybe it's time to fix them.

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    Thanks Ben for this, great pictures and captions.

    What are you referring to when you mention grind off the excess new pad?

    a belt sander/disc sander?
    do you refer to a bench grinder with some sort of non-grit stone?


    thanks,

    from australia

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    If I can do it, so can you. Go slow and don't get in a hurry.
    You might be impressed with the outcome.

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    sthwestvictoria :

    This is what I use ( Except mine is a Delta ) , works nicely :

    http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...7661802P?mv=rr

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    10 years ago I was grinding to fit with a belt sander and using .005" thick masking tape as the safety margin to keep from sanding the stock.

    Now I have 10 rifles with the largest grind to fit Limbsaver, but I do not grind it. I leave it large for more area.

    I build 2 or 3 rifles a year, and in 2012 they will all have large Limbsaver grind to fit pads that I do not grind.


    Sometimes the reveal is covered with a EAGLE SHOOTER'S STOCK PACK (RIGHT-HANDED), WOODLAND CAMO 350002


    Sometimes with the cheaper and easier to get Allen buttstock pouch.

    And sometimes not at all. There is a guy who shoots a lot of elephants and give me grief about it. I say form follows function and fashion will follow later.
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    wow! Looks great. But... what grit size did you use. And how do you grind?/ Around and around the pad, watching angles and curves?? Or "across" the edge off the pad, watching angles and curves???

    And I understand the best part; "TAKE IT SLOW!!" Thanks ..... Lee
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    I use a 120 grit, 1 " X 30 " sanding belt.
    I grind in the same " plane " that the grain in the stock is running.
    Last edited by Ben; 01-23-2012 at 08:09 PM.

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    Thank you, sir, for the prompt reply ..... Lee
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    Hey Ben,
    I do the same procedure but add this one minor point. After I scribe the line, I run a piece of white chalk over the scribed line. The knife point mark fills with white chalk and is very easy to see. These old eyes can use all the help they can get.

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    Looks like " An Old Dog " here on this end of things just learned a new trick.

    I'd have never thought of that one. Black pad with the white line ....easy to see ! !
    I like that idea !

    Thanks,
    Ben

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    Ben,
    This is why I love this site. So much info freely traded. If I have given YOU useful info, whoo-hoo, makes my day.
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    I have ground pads on and off the stocks. I prefer the off stock method.
    White chalk helps alot in seeing the scribe lines.
    Metal layout fluid helps on metal pads like the Graco base pads for Trap/Skeet guns.
    I have tried and liked the adjustable grinding adapters sold by Graco and other companies.
    Loosen 1 screw change angles and grind away.
    Using Pach pads their metal guides set helps in picking out correct size pads wihout grinding into the metal support in the pads.
    Les.

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    Good info. you're passing on there Les.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Ben

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    Bought the B Square pad jig a few years ago to do a couple pads for myself. It has been paid for long ago doing pads for guys at the clays fields and at my club. Simply screw the pad to the gun, scribe the line, put the pad on the jig base up and grind to the line. You tilt the jig to get the toe angle on the pad. The whole job take about 45 minutes and there is no danger to the stock. I too use chalk to help see the line.
    Last edited by fecmech; 04-29-2012 at 01:27 PM.
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    I too use the brownell's jig with my home made disk sander and with practce you can fit a pad in shot order. I dust my scribed line with chalk and wipe it off so I can see the line better.

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    Something I've always done with recoil pads is grind them to 95% of a fit, then I stop for an hour. I put the pad in my freezer at that time. This makes the rubber harder and easier to sand which helps make a better finish IMHO.

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    Thanks Ben for the timely information and the gentle nudge that "you can do this". Good Job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smoked turkey View Post
    Thanks Ben for the timely information and the gentle nudge that "you can do this". Good Job.

    You're very welcome. Share your results with all of us.

    Ben

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    I too use the jig, and it is very easy to get a perfect result. I have done 5-6 now and it gets easier everytime I do it.

    I set my grinder table at about 2 degrees so as to give a flared angle to the pad. This coincides with the angle on the sides of the stock so it does not transition to a different angle and yeilds a buttstock that is a little larger than normal and thus spreads recoil out over a larger surface area.

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    Ben, I can't tell you how much I enjoy your posts! I learn something new every time I read your work here!
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