How to Install a Shotgun Recoil Pad

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How to Install a Shotgun Recoil Pad
Shotguns can pack quite a punch. (less lethal shotgun and shells. image by Kevin Chesson from

Shotguns pack quite a punch. If you are not careful and don't have the butt of the shotgun firmly tucked into your shoulder, you could experience some injury from the gun's recoil. For many hunters, especially younger ones who are just learning, the installation of a recoil pad will help to lessen the kick and make shooting more enjoyable. Installing a recoil pad is a fairly straightforward process and can easily be completed at home with some basic tools.

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Things you need

  • Vice
  • Sandpaper
  • Towel

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  1. 1

    Inspect the shotgun to make sure it is not loaded, then place the shotgun stock into a vice. Wrap a towel around the stock to protect it from being damaged.

  2. 2

    Remove the brass plate or other end plate from the end of the shotgun stock using an Allen key or screwdriver.

  3. 3

    Sand the end of the shotgun stock to remove any oils or other epoxies that may have been present.

  4. 4

    Apply the recoil pad epoxy both to the pad and to the shotgun stock as per the instructions included with the pad.

  5. 5

    Attach the new recoil pad onto the shotgun stock after the epoxy has been allowed to cure for the correct amount of time.

  6. 6

    Use a wet cloth to remove any excess epoxy from the join. Allow the epoxy to dry completely before you use the shotgun.

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