Stock Bending

Dear Bruce,

Once again I find myself needing your help. I’ve purchased a 470 SXS. The stock needs to have 5/16 more cast off and about 3/16 more height. (Determined by the 16 yard Churchill method).

I had thought Rich Cole could do the work but they don’t work on the 470s. They suggested Wenig, who said that the stock once bent probably would not stay bent. He did say he could make me a new stock, and if that is the “best” solution I’m willing to go that route.

You see I’ve been spoiled, both my over-unders fit me well. And I’ve adjusted my 391 so it also fits me perfectly. Now I’m just not willing to shoot a gun that doesn’t fit.

I’ve found several gunsmiths who advertise stock work but I don’t know anyone who has had them do any work.

So, do you have any suggestions for a stock man to either try bending or to re-inlet the stock. I love the gun and am prepared to spend the money to make if fit. As always,

Grateful for the guidance!


Dear Phillip,

Nationally, Dale Tate has a good reputation and offers full gunfitting and bending services from an established gunsmith out of Purdey. As a fitter, Dale may be able to shed some light on the Churchill 1″ @ 16 yards = 1/16″ at comb measurements. There is quite a bit of difference in the measurement at face and at heel/toe so you want to make sure things are measured right. You may be able to confirm your numbers with Dale. Usually the measurements from your O/Us won’t translate to the SxS. My SxS usually take more height and definitely more length than my O/Us, but I shoot only double trigger SxS so that accounts for the length difference. I haven’t had Dale do any work for me personally, but he is well thought of.

Another source, though less convenient, is Klaus Hiptmayer, PO Box 136, Eastman Quebec, Canada, J0E 1P0, tel 450-287-2492. I’ve seen Klaus at work and he’s one of the best that there is. He’s a true master with wood and may well prefer to reinlet the head of your stock rather than bend it. I’ve seen him reinlet the head of a Superposed stock in less than half an hour and it was a perfect fit. Your boxlock 470 shouldn’t be any harder. You’ll need a special Canadian gun import form and an extra $35 or so to ship your gun to Canada, but Klaus’ prices are reasonable so you’ll probably come out ahead.

In either case, please say that I recommended you. A little credit in gunmaker’s heaven never hurts. Both these men are good a moving stocks. Obviously, reinletting will not spring back. Bending might, but I’ve personally had very good luck with bent stocks over the years. So much depends on the walnut being used. Then again, I store my guns muzzle down in the safe to take all pressure off the wood. Obviously, there are many, many more gunsmiths competent to bend and reinlet stocks. These are simply two that I know of.

Best regards,

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

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2 Responses to Stock Bending

  1. William Davis says:

    I believe the problem with bending this Beretta SxS is that it is fastened to the action with a through bolt. That complicates matters when the gun needs cast AND height adjustment. Just an FYI.


  2. Bill says:

    I have successfully used Steven Bertram in Colorado to bend a custom stocked LC Smith Feather Weight Ejector. It was only a single bend to add drop. The work was done to my specifications and there was no need for refinishing (there should not be). After several years there has been no spring back of the bend. I think the price was about $250 for a single bend. Mr. Bertram was able to make an initial determination of the feasibility of doing the work via two or three detailed photos which helped prevent the loss time and effort of mailing the gun and then finding out the stock did not lend itself to bending due to layout, figure, etc. Bertram is a member of the American Custom Gunmakers Guild. (303) 938-1996.

    However, Sir Technoid has far more experience and information, so I am only providing this for your consideration.


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