One of the annoying jobs is the installation of a new recoil pad on a finished rifle or shotgun buttstock. So you have to know well how to fit a recoil pad to a finished stock.

There are many reasons for replacing an existing recoil pad. If the old pad is too long or too short, it may have broken with age, or you may simply want a new style or color.

If your present pad was worn, hardened with age, and had developed a fairly slick face that allowed the gun to slide and slip a bit on the shoulder. In that case, a new pad would resolve all of these problems.

Many of us are not happy with the present finished stock if you have that kind of feelings on your mind. You can go for a new recoil pad to create a nice transition and look.

If you are gunsmith, a new pad may help you in many ways. This produces a single, smooth, even straight surface for both the pad and stock.

But the process has a real challenge. You have to very careful that you do not scratch or even touch the finished wood. In this article, you know how to fit a recoil pad to a finished stock and able to rearrange your gun.


How to Install a LimbSaver Recoil Pad?

LimbSaver has a long glorious history, they proudly produce hand made products that widely used by outdoor enthusiasts, military, law enforcement, hunter and more.

LimbSaver effectively reduces noise and vibration for archery and firearm products, such as bow stabilizers, recoil pads, rifle slings, and more. So if you know how to install a LimbSaver recoil pad, your life will be a lot easier.

Limb saver recoil pad is the best fit on rifles, shotguns, and muzzleloaders, it reduces up to 70 percent of felt recoil and introduces anti-muzzle jump technology for the faster target.

With the help of it, you’ll enjoy better control with maximum stability. Also, recoil pad effectively absorbs a wide range of frequencies to dissipate energy and vibration.

The Installation Process in Easy Steps:

If you want to install a recoil pad by yourself, it will require a bit more patience. But if specialized equipment is available then it a lot easier.

Step 1:

Before to go for fixing there are few points to keep in mind. Firstly, you need a large pad to allow for the extension of the toe and heel line of the stock.

Position the pad and determine where you can use the existing screw holes.

If the hole’s match, follow step 2.

If not, then position the pad and mark the new screw holes on the gun stock butt. Drill out the old holes with a 1/4″ and then cut a 1/4” dowel rod 7/8” in length and drive it into the hole. After that drill a 1/8” and screw the pad to the stock.

Step 2:

Scribe a line on the pad plate and remove from stock. After that, position the new pad on a grinding jig.

Step 3:

After the proper fit, around the heel, toe, and sides of the pad, remove any square corners. This prolongs its life.

Step 4:

Apply a suitable lubricant to the face of the pad around the mounting holes.

Some Tactic Point that Helps You to Get the Desired Results:

Most people don’t realize that the contact surface is not flat. Normally, after a few years of service, most pads molded has a certain amount of warping and shrinking.

To avoid that you can’t just rely on your attaching screws. It does not enough to down against the stock and makes it straight. You can use a piece of old plate glass and a few minutes sanding makes the pad smooth and perfectly flat.

But many recoil pads do not have screw holes in the rear face and the rubber face is solid. In that case, take a 7/32-inch flat-faced punch and insert it from the bottom. When the rubber is stretched nice and thin, use a sharp razor knife to slit in the center. Repeat for the other screw hole. In the end, remove all the remaining masking tape.