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I have an 870 that is a touch too long for me. Is it a stupid idea for someone to cut the stock down so it fits better or will it improve things for me? I read somewhere that if you cut down a stock it can screw things up with your cheek hitting the stock properly. Anyone have any info regarding this?
 

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Did this for my daughter when she started hunting, I took a shill saw and sawed about 1 1/2" off. Works great and has killed plenty of ducks and geese.

Now it is being passed down to the new hunters coming in.

You can always buy a new stock for 870's fairly cheap
 

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I would just order a new youth stock for it, should be relatively cheap and a lot less time and if you put it on and it still doesn't work you could probably return it. Once you cut the original stock its permanent.
 

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By all means, make the gun "fit" you. Find someone with experience to help and you'll make the best move ever.
I've got the opposite problem. Bought my 870 when I was 18. At age 25 I was lucky to make a friend of a gunsmith who helped me fit my stock by adding to give me a 15 1/4 length of pull and 1/4 inch cast off.
Your goal is to make the gun point where you are looking.
1. Wear your regular hunting coat when fitting the gun.
2. Gun must be properly mounted.

You won't believe how much this will improve your shooting.
Good luck.
 

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I find that all factory stocks except the Winchester 1300 are longer than my preferred 13.75" LOP.

Shortening the factory synthetic 870 stock can be a trick as it's hollow and the solid portion the recoil pad screws utilize are not designed to be altered. I believe the Ramline aftermarket stock is designed to by shortened, don't know about others..

I have several 870's but primarily shoot a synthetic Browning BPS. It has a solid stock and was a breeze to shorten.

BTW, the trickiest part is to re-shape the recoil pad to fit. Mark the base with a pencil, then carefully remove material with a belt sander, fitting it as you go...
 

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nemitz said:
Excellent advice thanks guys
If you ever get the opprotunity to get fitted by a pro, they will also take a look at the cast as well. (bend in the stock) Bigger guys do better with more cast, skinnier guys with less. Fit and mounting is the key.

NDMax
 
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