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j-heart
March 26, 2002, 07:58 AM
Just bought a Remington 870 Express Synthetic Super Mag Camo 23" last night at Bass Pro Shop. I am planning on turkey hunting next month.

As nice as this gun is, it does not have a location to screw in swivel mounts for a sling. I'm not excited about spending the money for a gunsmith to put them in, but might be willing to try my hand at it.

Any sling suggestions for this gun?

Chris Orndorff
March 26, 2002, 08:26 AM
Remington offers a swivel/magazine cap that takes care of the forward mounting point. Should run just under $25.

I think you're gonna have to drill the stock for the rear swivel, unless you want to loop the sling around the pistol grip.

mjcitra
March 26, 2002, 12:19 PM
Buy the cheap nylon (3 dollars) universal sling where one end goes over the barrel and the other end wraps around the stock. You can get them at a Walmart. No drilling but they look kind of cheap.

Dave McC
March 26, 2002, 08:36 PM
Adding a stud in a wooden stock is so easy I've only screwed it up maybe 50% of the time.

Mask off the area.a mild rasp will create a flat area good for a steady and straight hole. Drill a pilot hole first, then use a drill bit the same size as the shank on the stud. Screw the stud in.

Uncle Mike's has those studded mag caps too....

Guyon
March 27, 2002, 04:08 AM
I have the Express SuperMag as well, and I recently added an Uncle Mike's sling stud kit. I hate those loop style slings that are always slipping off in the field.

If you drill the rear stock for a stud, take your time. I actually used four different bits to get mine right.

1. I used a tiny 1/16" bit to drill a pilot hole. Easier to control and make sure of a straight hole. You only have a small ridge of composite material inside the stock so you need to be straight (as well as perpendicular to the stock).

2. Then I used a larger bit (3/8" I believe, same diameter as the big end of the sling stud) to take out a shallow amount of the composite, leaving me with a flat mounting surface for the sling stud. I just went slow and shaved off a little at a time. You don't want this hole to go too deep! It also helped here that I used Black & Decker Bullet bits. Left a flatter surface than a regular convex bit.

3. I followed the directions on the pack from here--drilling a hole for the shank to a certain depth and then a smaller hole for the threads the rest of the way.

A drill press would have been useful, but I don't own one. Instead, I simply wrapped the drill bits with lots of electrical tape to prevent myself from drilling too deeply on the second and third holes.

When threading the stud, again go slow. Thread a little at a time and then back it off until you can snug it up tight. Don't try to crank down on the stud once it snugs up. The composite won't compress like wood, and it can crack. Believe me, I know. On my first attempt, I had everything drilled and was tightening up the stud. Just needed one more quarter turn to line up the holes in the stud. Although the stud had already tightened up, I thought I could get that last little bit to go without taking off any more composite. So I cranked it pretty hard, and the stock cracked along the mold line. Wound up costing me $30 for a new synthetic butt stock on eBay. In retrospect, I should have used my Dremel and little grinding wheel to take off just a bit more of the synthetic composite on the flat mounting surface. That way, the stud would have had room to go another quarter turn. Oh well, live and learn. The next time I attempted the installation, I got it right.

Why can't Remington simply charge $10 more and put these on in the first place--especially for guns they market as turkey hunters???

Guyon
March 27, 2002, 04:10 AM
Oops, double posted. Sorry.

I'll add here that you might be able to run up on a synthetic stock with a sling stud already installed. Try eBay.