View Full Version : Problem with Speedfeed Birdshead Pistol Grip (870), Pics Inside

The Bat Dad
July 10, 2012, 02:14 PM
I was wondering if anyone here has any experience with the Speedfeed birdshead grips, especially for an 870/wingmaster.

I just got mine in, threw it on, and fitment is pretty bad. I've seen pictures online of birdshead grips that fit very well on the newer 870s but I haven't seen any on a wingmaster. Is this normal? Should I return it for another one and see how it goes or should I just drill out the hole on the grip so that I can position the grip better and possibly get a better lineup.

Any advice or shared knowledge would be greatly appreciated. I don't want to have to go through the hassle of returning it and getting another if I'm just going to have the same problem.





July 11, 2012, 06:41 PM
I agree, bad fit. I think you are due a refund. In the mean time check out some alternatives:
http://www.zahal.org/products/remington-870-pistol-grip (free shipping)

Or, since you have a wood stock set consider cutting it down. Wood is good!
Click thumbs:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v199/ElPlymino/Winchester%201300--Birdshead%20version/th_100_0711edit.jpg (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v199/ElPlymino/Winchester%201300--Birdshead%20version/100_0711edit.jpg)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v199/ElPlymino/Winchester%201300--Birdshead%20version/th_100_0763-edited.jpg (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v199/ElPlymino/Winchester%201300--Birdshead%20version/100_0763-edited.jpg)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v199/ElPlymino/Winchester%201300--Birdshead%20version/th_100_0810.jpg (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v199/ElPlymino/Winchester%201300--Birdshead%20version/100_0810.jpg)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v199/ElPlymino/Winchester%201300--Birdshead%20version/th_100_0816.jpg (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v199/ElPlymino/Winchester%201300--Birdshead%20version/100_0816.jpg)

The Bat Dad
July 11, 2012, 08:19 PM
I would love a wood pistol grip. It's what I wanted initially but there isn't anyone around here that I know of and trust to cut it down to a birds head grip. I already have a replacement on order, only problem is they're out of stock and aren't due for more until mid August.

Any suggestions on getting the wood cut down in Southern California?

July 11, 2012, 09:14 PM
^^^ I don't know of any in So Cal. You might ask local gunsmiths or find one able to do it. Usually, the old timer gunsmiths are the ones with stock carving experience. Your local gun range might know a woodworker. You should have a design to go by. If your going to carve up a good stock it should be made into a grip of your design. I traced my stock for a lifesize template and made a few examples:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v199/ElPlymino/Winchester%201300--Birdshead%20version/th_100_0664.jpg (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v199/ElPlymino/Winchester%201300--Birdshead%20version/100_0664.jpg)

The Bat Dad
July 11, 2012, 10:13 PM
Thanks for the advice!

Lee Lapin
July 13, 2012, 04:50 PM
Did you remove the stock bearing plate when you took off the wood stock?

See http://www.urban-armory.com/diagrams/rem870.htm, Part # 60... many plastic stocks don't require the plate to be in place and are molded to fit without it, I don't know if this is the case with the birdshead stock but it might be worth checking.

The Bat Dad
July 13, 2012, 04:53 PM
Yes, I tried removing the plate to see if it would aid in fitment and there was a large gap between the grip and the receiver without it. Thanks for the suggestion.

February 16, 2013, 01:42 PM
It would be cool if someone made a machined aluminum one!

February 16, 2013, 03:19 PM
Take a look at this very long thread. Someone posted pictures of how they converted a standard wood stock over to a birdshead stock. Looks fairly easy... maybe not mess with the original stock that came with your gun easy.. but easy enough to buy an inexpensive aftermarket wood stock and convert it.