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870 metal shim

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by hangover, Aug 5, 2013.

  1. hangover

    hangover Member

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    My 870 TC has a metal shim were the stock meets the receiver. The stock does not fit flush with the receiver unless I remove it, then it does fit flush. What is the shim for and can I shoot it without the shim? Thanks
     
  2. Shooting Coach

    Shooting Coach Well-Known Member

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    Leave the shim in.
     
  3. lostandout

    lostandout Member

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    dont take it out if you do you stock will crack as the shim is what the stock rides on
     
  4. skeet_man

    skeet_man Well-Known Member

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    Yep. Don't take it out unless you hate your stock and want a reason to replace it.
     
  5. mag410

    mag410 Active Member

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    The above posters are all correct. Leave it in.

    The "shim" is a what Remington calls a Stock Bearing Plate. Its purpose is to provide a bit of "give" to even out the pressure on the stock.

    Michael
     
  6. senior smoke

    senior smoke Well-Known Member

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    Years ago, the early 870's did not come with a metal shim. The results were usually the wood on the stock that sat up against the metal would have hairline cracks about 1/2 inch sometimes on both sides of the stock.

    I have also had stocks that did not fit real well with that metal plate. What I did was take one or two box tops from a box of shells and I would trace the metal plate and cut it out and use that instead of the metal plate. Give it a try and see if the stock fits a bit better.
    Steve Balistreri
     
  7. Oregunner

    Oregunner Well-Known Member

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    The shim only needs to be there for wood stocks. Take it out if you are using a synthetic stock. Mark
     
  8. acorange

    acorange Well-Known Member

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    I have a very early 870TC stock set that is the victim of not having a bearing plate with a crack at the top of the pistol grip.
    Even if it is just cardboard put something in.
     
  9. BudsterXT

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    If you have a nice "orange crate stock" I will buy it from you before you crack it.

    I would even trade you an 870 competition stock for it in trade,

    Kenny U
     
  10. hangover

    hangover Member

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    Ken u: It has a gray coil on it and cut very short
     
  11. BudsterXT

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    Offer is up, I will trade, as long as you send the stock with the gra- coil.

    Kenny
     
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