Lowering 390 Stock

dear bruce ,

i purchased a beretta 390 sport, i have used the shims which came with my gun in every combination but still cannot lower the stock enough ,the end of the barrel is higher than the front of the barrel any ideas. also would an english stock get me any lower if so does beretta make any that fit the 390.. thanks for taking the time to respond.


Dear john,

I haven’t seen any Beretta autos with English stocks. Besides, the English stock really only affects the pistol grip area, not the comb at top where stock height is determined.

A surprisingly large number of people have found the Beretta sporter’s stock to be uncomfortable or ill-fitting. For some reason Italian design stocks are less universal in their fit than Remington, Winchester, Browning stocks are. Perhaps it is in the pistol grip, but it may also be attributable to the “heads up” set up of many Italian guns.

I can think of two choices you might try:

1) contact Rich Cole at Cole Gunsmithing, Rt. 123, Harpswell, ME 04079, Tel: 207-833-5027, , and ask if there is another set of shims that will lower the stock more than the standard set that comes with the gun. I believe that there is.

This may do what you want. It may not. Personally, I found that the Beretta Sporter stock on my gun had excessive drop from nose to heel (the comb slanted down too much) no matter what I did to it. Even though I could get the height right for my shooting, the extreme downward slope of the comb increased face slap for me to an unacceptable degree. I crawl my stocks a bit and am far more comfortable with a close to parallel comb. If you have a shorter neck and shoot with your head more erect, this may not be as much of a problem.

2) The other easy alternative is simply to shave some wood off the top of the comb. It isn’t brain surgery, but just go slow. Cut a little, test a lot. You will have to refinish the top of the stock (it never comes out matching quite right when I do it), but at least you will have a gun that you can shoot. Unlike Beretta trap stocks for the 390, the sporter stocks and field stocks are relatively easy to obtain- perhaps because so many people take them off in the first place.

Best regards,

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

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