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Old September 25, 2013, 06:15 PM   #1
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Recoil pad for Ruger M77 Hawkeye.

Can somebody please help me out with this... I am lookin for a Replacement recoil pad for my M77 Hawkeye Sporter... I've looked at limbsaver, Kick-eez, and Pachmyer. None of the are specifically for the Hawkeye standard or Sporter laminate... They show that they are for the MKII or the hawkeye synthetic. I would appreciate the advice
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Old September 26, 2013, 07:32 AM   #2
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If you are reasonably handy with tools, it is very easy to fit a grind-to-fit recoil pad. I've done several Pachmayr Decelerator pads and they all turned out fine - not quite as pretty as what a professional gunsmith might do but certainly good enough that an average guy wouldn't notice unless he looked hard.
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Old September 26, 2013, 07:50 AM   #3
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Old September 27, 2013, 09:41 PM   #4
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To get professional results, is not rocket science.

I use the Miles Gilbert jig on my bench to fit four or five pads a week.
Works with any pad, any rifle.

Even for one use, cheaper than sending it to a smith or stockmaker.
You can always sell it after and recoup your $$.

Without a jig, it is impossible to get a quality job as you won't be able to match the comb and toe angles correctly. You do need a benchtop disc/belt sander.

Midway USA has a video showing exactly how to do it ("how to install a recoil pad").
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Old September 30, 2013, 09:21 AM   #5
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You are correct about needing a jig and belt or disk sander for a professional looking job. However, I've done a couple of field guns that look quite acceptable without a jig and using only a drill-mounted sanding disk. I just eyeball the angles and go slow.
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Old October 1, 2013, 02:52 PM   #6
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Doyle said the magic word, go slow, and several methods can be used. I learned to do them using a drill mounted disc sander years ago, before I could afford a belt sander like I have now. The trick is keeping the same angle at the toe, and tape the stock up with masking tape before you start.

For the screws, split the pads back with a razor, so it will close over to hide the screw heads.
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Old October 1, 2013, 02:55 PM   #7
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The trick is keeping the same angle at the toe, and tape the stock up with masking tape before you start.
I'm not brave enough to try and grind while attached. I screw it on, mark it with a scribe, then remove the pad before grinding. I may have to put it back on and take it off half a dozen times while fitting to make sure I'm getting it good but I'd rather do that than risk screwing up the stock.

Which reminds me, I've got another shotgun that needs a pad.
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Old October 1, 2013, 03:17 PM   #8
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Doyle,

No, I wouldn't put a stock, even taped, close to a belt sander running, nor a big disc. However, for a drill mounted disc, like a 6", you can tape the stock with several layers of tape, and then grind the toe down to match the angle, so the disc can be controlled by hand, and kept away from the stock. After you get the angle, and get it sanded close, you can remove the pad from the stock, and finish sand it to the line drawn around it.
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Old October 2, 2013, 02:13 PM   #9
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I'm betting the pad made for the MK-II will work just fine on your rifle. Call the manufacturer. The stocks are essentially the same except for a trimmer forend on the Hawkeye over the MK-II. I can't say I'm 100% sure, but I bet they are the same.
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Old October 5, 2013, 10:13 AM   #10
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I have used a layer of foil and masking/painters tape to grind recoil pads attached to the stock free hand with a six inch belt sander.

As a rush job for a trap shooter.
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