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    Default Fitting recoil pad

    So, I?m about to try my hand at my first recoil pad. It?s the kind that?s slightly oversized and you sand it to fit. I?ve watched some YouTube videos and it doesn?t look horribly complicated. It?s on a synthetic stock if that makes any difference.

    Was just curious if anyone here has done one and had any helpful hints.

    I?m thinking I?ll tape off the stock and use a belt sander to take it down pretty close to shape and then remove it for final sanding. What grit should I start and finish with?

    If this one turns out good I might be doing a second one as well.

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    Draw a template on paper so you have an outline of the buttstock. Go off that till you're close enough to fit to stock, than carefully fit to finish.
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    Going to tackle this project today.

    Might even post up some pictures unless it goes terribly bad. In that case I?ll just tell you all how awesome it turned out and won?t post pictures.

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    Finished. It actually turned out pretty decent. I was too focused on the project to take photos along the way but might toss up a couple of pictures tonight.

    I will say that if you are looking to get this type of work done and you get a quote that seems a little high I can guarantee you it is probably worth paying the price versus doing it yourself. It's not fun and it doesn't go quickly.

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    Having the correct fixture and a 12" Harbor Freight disc sander makes it a lot quicker and easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laportecharlie View Post
    Having the correct fixture and a 12" Harbor Freight disc sander makes it a lot quicker and easier.
    I had the jig and a harbor freight belt/disc sander. It was still a pain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ray1970 View Post
    Finished. It actually turned out pretty decent. I was too focused on the project to take photos along the way but might toss up a couple of pictures tonight.

    I will say that if you are looking to get this type of work done and you get a quote that seems a little high I can guarantee you it is probably worth paying the price versus doing it yourself. It's not fun and it doesn't go quickly.
    Sure it's easier to have an experienced person do the work. Where's the satisfaction by not attempting the work yourself. Some things i do, others is how much & how long.
    . Trial and (sometimes) lots of error gives one the experience and confidence to take the next step.
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    As I mentioned, I didn?t take too many pictures.

    Here it is after I cut the stock down.



    And here it is with the new pad.


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    Very good job.

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    That looks real good.
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