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Old July 12, 2018, 08:43 PM   #1
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Recoil Pad Meltdown

I have a Rem 700 Light Varmint Stainless Fluted rifle, bought used. Lately, the factory Limbsaver recoil pad has "melted-down", becoming sticky.

It was surprising to get on the Limbsaver and find the exact match for the pad from a list of factory rifle pad numbers, so I ordered one (not cheap). I thought I'd have to buy the closest match and grind to fit.

We'll see if they still have that model pad and whether it will actually fit well enough to not have to grind. I'm not sure whether Limbsavers grind particularly well, due to the softness of the compound.

I'll let you know how it turns out.

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Old July 12, 2018, 09:12 PM   #2
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I had the same issue with a 700. The factory pad is famous for the problem. Mine was only 4 years old and it became a gooey mess. The Limbsaver pad worked great, no grinding necessary.
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Old July 12, 2018, 11:12 PM   #3
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I'm not a rubber engineer but the problem of rubber sometimes deteriorating after some years goes back to at least the 1950 s !! It wasn't too common until more recently off shore companies supplied things , especially China !
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Old July 12, 2018, 11:20 PM   #4
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Had an 870 pad liquify.
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Old July 13, 2018, 12:52 AM   #5
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Unfortunately, this is a common issue with LimbSaver pads (to a lesser extent HiViz pads as well). They are very soft, which is accomplished by adding a large amount of plasticizer to the polymer during manufacturing. The plasticizer of choice used to be epoxidized soybean oil. Like all oils, it moves towards non-polar materials (such as the exterior coating of the pad itself) and oxidizes (making it sticky in the process). As it moves out of the foam pad, the pad collapses upon itself as well, leaving you with a sticky, gooey mess. This is why I no longer install LimbSaver pads in my shop. They work really well when new, but don't hold up over time. Reportedly, LimbSaver has addressed this problem with their newer pads.
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Old July 13, 2018, 08:27 AM   #6
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The factory pad was a Limbsaver and instead of finding a pad to grind, I just went the easy way and ordered one to fit my relatively "different" Remington 700 Varmint Stainless Fluted. If this one dies, it will be replaced by something else.

I'd never seen a rifle like mine until finding it in the "used" rack at LL Bean. It's a nice rifle to carry when going down to the big fields behind the house. I keep it near the back door to take care of pests and handy to take with me when checking the blueberry fields.

We have plenty of coyotes and other pests around, but after shooting a "family" of skunks too close to the house a few years ago, I let them pass.
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Old July 13, 2018, 07:10 PM   #7
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You might go with Kick Eeze.

Won't melt and designed to be ground to fit and still look good.
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Old July 14, 2018, 10:09 AM   #8
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I like Kick Eeze myself.
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Old July 14, 2018, 11:15 AM   #9
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The new Limbsaver was ordered yesterday, so it's a done deal. If it ever goes bad, I'll get a different brand and grind to fit.

The other good thing about getting the same pad is that the screw holes line up with the ones in the synthetic stock. That's a big plus!

Thanks for all the advice.

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Old July 15, 2018, 05:39 AM   #10
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When I was doing a lot of repair work on guns, the opposite situation was more common...pads were becoming hard as a rock, so they completely lost their intended function. Neither extreme is acceptable on my rifles/shotguns.
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