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Old February 7th, 2017, 10:36 AM   #1
 
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Is there any possibility of shortening a 77/357's stock?

The stock of my 77/357 makes it by far the most uncomfortable rifle I own, especially with a scope. It is impossible to get a Weaver 2-7 scope back far enough for good eye relief and even weighing only 5.5 lbs, it feels like a 7 to 8 lb rifle when shouldered. The stock's LOP is too long for my short arms and puts too much of the weight too far forward. It's actually considerably less comfortable to shoulder than an M1 Garand, if you can believe that.

To give you an idea of what works for me, I usually set my AR-15 stocks to two clicks out from fully collapsed. That's about right for me. Another example: the Marlin XT22 youth rifle, which I think has a 12" LOP, works reasonably well for me. It's actually a little short for me, but much nicer than the 13.5" to 13.75" common on most rifles.

I know that Boyd's can make a stock with a custom LOP. I've considered it and while wood is nice, it's also heavier. I'm trying to keep weight to a minimum. I just wanted to ask around to see if there is any option short of that, either aftermarket synthetic or modding the factory stock.



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shorten 77/357 stock

Hello I shortened the stock on my 77/357 to 12&3/4 in. Also I used the set back rings to get the scope closer to my eye . All I did was shortened the stock and used a thinner hard plastic butt pad from Midway . This works for me. I will send you a picture if you want .
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Hello I shortened the stock on my 77/357 to 12&3/4 in. Also I used the set back rings to get the scope closer to my eye . All I did was shortened the stock and used a thinner hard plastic butt pad from Midway . This works for me. I will send you a picture if you want .
Sure. How did you go about shortening the stock?
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I would find a nice thin recoil pad say 1/2 inch. Cut the stock to your length of pull this would include the thickness of the pad. Wrapp duct tape around the butt stock screw on the pad. Then use a bench sander with a sanding disc or a portable sanding disc & shape the pad to fit the contour or the stock. Or have a gunsmith cut your stock & install a recoil pad. There is also another option. You can go to Buffalo Arms online and look up a leather lace on recoil pad. I have 3 of them currently on a 30/30 , .243, & .300 Savage. If you do not want to go thru the trouble & expense for a regular butt stock pad this works great. You still have to cut your rifle stock to length of pull but this cuts down the refinishing time & expense a lot plus they work great!!! Hope this helps or by a Boyd Stock & cut & fit it to your length of pull!!! You can also use extended scope rings to move your scope back as well.
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Any gunsmith could do it.
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