Yeah, this is a trivial issue but it bugs me every time I work with a stock. I enjoy refinishing wood and shotgun stocks are a pleasure. I take my time and do a nice job hand rubbing the finishes.
Removing and replacing the pad is a massive pain to me. I'm not even talking about fitting a new pad - just unscrewing and screwing what's already on the stock.
Sometimes, I find drywall screws buried in the rubber, and sometimes there's one drywall and one flathead wood screw.
When I'm lucky, the pad is attached with two identical screws or bolts, both with the same head - Phillips.
Regardless of what is actually under the rubber, it always seems to be a crapshoot over which screwdriver I should start with. Just fumbling around with any screwdriver poses a risk of damage to one or both of the screw heads. I usually start with a Phillips.
When I'm lucky, I hit it right the first time and both screw heads are the same. Then it's a matter of physically removing screws that have been rammed into place.
I've watched numerous videos online and real gunsmiths seem to always have the perfect bit in their drill that instantly lines up and removes the screws. When reassembling, the professional grabs the perfect electric drill and smoothly attaches the pad. It seems the pros can do this ten times in the time it takes me to do it once. I suppose I could use a drill to speed things up but that wouldn't help me know which bit to start with.
Can someone offer tips - or at least let me know that more experienced folks stumble with the same problems?