Having used my old Trap Gun (Remington 870 with adjustable comb and Stock Plate) in the field, I have grown accustomed to a good mount (most of the time).
My new field gun (a Benelli Super Black eagle) is not so equipped and I have missed more than I care due to mounting errors, trying to maneuver into the ‘sweet spot’.
I am looking for an adjustable stock plate, but can’t seem to find out who makes them. Any suggestions ?
Thanks in advance.
You sure you want an adjustable stock plate on a field gun? That Benelli is nice and light. It handles well. Most of the adjustable stock plates are quite heavy and will move the balance back. Your 870 trap gun is front heavy to start, so adding the weight to the rear probably wasn’t too noticeable. On the SBE it will be.
Though you don’t mention what adjustments you require, if it is just increased length that you want, you can do that with spacers. My guess is that you have also gotten used to a good amount of pad offset or twisting. Many target shooters like that, though you see as much of it in the field. Some field guns may be set up with up to 1/4″ more cast off at toe than at heel, but that’s about it.
You can approximate a bit of toe-out twist by simply cutting away some of the inside lower edge of the pad. It looks a bit funny, but no more amusing that a field gun with a big chunk of aluminum hanging off the back.
If you do want to go the adjustable butt route on your SBE, you will find what you need at Brownells, 200 South Front Street, Montezuma, IA 50171-1000, tel: 515-623-4001, .
All of them will add weight to the rear of your gun and all of them have the potential to come loose in the field. Anything that adjusts can unadjust at the worst possible moment.
Personally (since I AM the Technoid and thus the source of superfluous shooting solecisms), I’d skip the adjustable butt part and go with some sort of pad arrangement. The adjustable butts have their places on trap guns for some people, but I’m not sure that you will be happy with it on a field gun.
Those Benelli stocks are ridiculously short. I find the effective length of the stock (by “effective” length I mean from center of pistol grip to butt, not trigger to butt) to be dwarfish compared to other guns on the market. You may find that simply adding some spacers under the pad will give you a better gun mount without messing around with anything else.
The Technoid writing for Shotgun Report, LLC
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