High Trap Rib

I am seriously considering the addition of a high (like 3/4 or 1 inch) rib on my Remington 11-87 Special Trap gun. I would probably get an adjustable comb added also, to compensate for the increased rib height. I have several questions about this:

1. What do you think of the idea?

2. What advantages accrue from the high rib? I am somewhat interested in the theoretical advantages, but, more importantly, I am interested in the real, been there, done that assessment of their worth. Where else but from the grand exalted guru of shotgunnery could I get such wise advice?

3. Since I am a rather stubborn, do-it-anyhow type of guy, I will most likely go ahead with this project regardless of your answers to questions 1 and 2. Therefore, the really important question is, can you recommend a shop(s) or gunsmith(s) to have such work performed?

4. Are there any parameters you would recommend about the rib?

I have talked to one shop who said they could do both jobs $300 for the rib and $200 for the stock. They said they would shoot my gun first to determine POI. Then they would install the comb and rib and shoot it some more and adjust it to whatever POI I asked for. This seems like a thorough approach and reasonably priced for the amount of work.

Thanks for the help.


Dear James,

Well, since you are not going to listen to me and will go ahead an do it anyway, I’ll let her rip.

I’m not a high rib kind of guy. I like flat ribs. Then again, I don’t shoot much ATA trap, preferring wobble and bunker- which I really like. One of my buddies, who always beats me like a drum at wobble, uses a very high ribbed DB-81. He shoots it really well, and when I borrow it, I am always amazed at how much more clearly I can see the bird than I can with my flat ribbed FN Super Trap #6. Unfortunately, the high, thin rib also made me want to aim- the kiss of death in shotgunning. I found the sight picture a bit disconcerting. Perhaps I would have gotten use to it eventually.

The whole idea of a high rib/stock is to elevate the head so that the eyes see the target through the center of their lenses where they work best. When a low stock is used, the head has to cant forward and the eyes rotate upwards, working less efficiently. At least this is true if you have a normal length neck.

Additionally, a high rib/stock effectively lowers the barrel axis and reduces felt recoil.

A third point is that a high, thin rib allows the shooter to better see the bird come up under his barrel if he uses the traditional high hold on ATA trap. Some people feel that this gives you a better look at the bird.

As to where to get the work done, I’ve never had that kind of rib work done, so I can’t tell you more.

One thing to consider: look down the average trap line at the Grand. Do you see many very high elevated ribs? Do you see more standard ribs? Which ones win?

Best regards,

Bruce Buck
The Technoid writing for Shotgun Report, LLC
(Often in error. Never in doubt.)

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