A Fitting Comment

Your Majestic Benevolence,

After years of shooting (practicing mistakes), I have empirically determined that a longer length of pull is best for the gun down position. A parallel, long stock may be ideal but the problem is I pumped iron for years and have large pectorals which necessitate more down pitch than that found in the parallel long stocks.

Should I:

1. Just get a down pitch spacer for my stock and trial and error my way to success?;

2. Get an international trap, international skeet or American trap (no Monte Carlo) stock and trial/error my way to bliss?; I find the 14 7/8 ” length of a stock 682 Gold Sporting to fit me very well. It has a bit too much drop yet I shoot it well.

Any advice? (do grizzly bears eat berries?)

…..By the way, we shoot 5 stand and skeet (gun down) up here all winter. The temperatures are usually a toasty -40 to -65 with no wimpy wind chill factor…You should see what happens to most shells when fired at these temperatures….

I thoroughly enjoy your rambling discourse….

Fairbanks, Alaska

Dear Julian,

You SHOOT in -65F?! At least you don’t have to store the gin for the martinis in the freezer. Julian, you are hereby awarded (hopefully not posthumously) the coveted Junior Technoid Order of the Palm (third class) for devotion to shooting far in excess of what could be considered usual (normal? sane?). You can proudly stand beside one of our readers who hunts eiders in the winter in the Baltic from a kayak.

At to your stock fit question, pitch (the angle of the butt plate to the barrels) doesn’t have anything to do with stock length or comb slope. You can pitch any stock any way you want to. You must measure everything, pull he recoil pad off, warm up the buzz saw and have at it. Those little wedge spacers (Brownells, 200 South Front Street, Montezuma, IA 50171-1000, tel: 515-623-4001, <www.brownells.com> are great for experimenting, but the gun always looks a little funny when you install them permanently because the pad is at an angle. On a 682 Gold you ought to do it right. Cutting the butt stock to angle is the right way to do it.

Replacing a Beretta 682 stock is something of an investment. It would be less expensive, and perhaps give better results, to simply have your stock bent if it is a bit too low. The bender can also change the pitch and add length via spaces at the same time.

The problem with any stock bending is that you have to know what dimensions you want. Here’s how I do it. Since the stock on your gun is a bit too low and short and underpitched for you, squander your inheritance on a roll of masking tape and enough spare spacers (both the angled “pitch” spacers and standard lengthening ones-see Brownells above) to do the job. You may also want to get some longer recoil pad screws.

Now start to experiment. Build the comb up with tape and fool with spacers until you get what you want. Do NOT cut the spacers. Just screw them on and leave the edges hanging out. With the tape, since your stock is too low, you can experiment with parallel comb or sloped comb. Put the tape only on the top of the stock, not on the inside, unless you want to alter cast too. Shoot the gun while you add and subtract junk. When you get everything just the way you want, put a little “X” on the tape exactly where your cheek goes and send it off to the stockmaker to have things made permanent and pretty. You can get a list of stock makers from Black’s “Wing & Clay”.

There. Wasn’t that easy?

Best regards,

Bruce Buck
The Technoid writing for Shotgun Report, LLC

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