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Sporting shooters are well accustomed to performing routine maintenance and cleaning of their firearms after every use. At times, more extensive repair or maintenance may be required that is usually performed by a gunsmith. Replacing the stock on a rifle or shotgun is one of the tasks that usually falls to the gun shop. However, the Remington 11-87 is simple enough for you to replace, so you can avoid the expense of hiring a specialist.
Using the right tool for the job will ensure a high-quality repair
Never handle a firearm without first ensuring it is unloaded completely. Never perform cleaning or maintenance on a firearm in the vicinity of other people or pets.
Unload your shotgun outdoors, and double-check it to ensure all the rounds have been emptied from the chamber. Leave the action open to better ensure the barrel remains free.
Remove the two Phillips-head screws from the butt plate pad at the rear of the butt stock.
Remove the butt pad and plate from the stock. Apply slight pressure to the pad to loosen any adhesive that may have been used during assembly.
Remove the action spring tube nut and lock washer made accessible when you removed the stock pad. Remove the nut with a standard pair of needle-nose pliers by fitting the tips into the nut. Turn the nut counter-clockwise to unscrew and remove.
Remove the stock from the shotgun body by grasping the body in one hand and slightly working the stock side to side with the other while pulling it away from the gun housing.
Install the new stock by sliding it onto the action tube and into the gun body. The stock end to be fitted into the gun body is milled to fit precisely.
Reinstall lock nuts and action spring tube nut in the same order in which they were removed. Tighten the nut by hand until snug, then completely tighten with needle-nose pliers to secure the stock to the gun body.
Replace the butt stock pad mount and pad to the new gun stock. Insert the Phillips-heads screws and securely tighten them with a Phillips screwdriver.
Damon Hildebrand is a retired U.S. Navy veteran. He has more than 15 years within the oil and gas industry in both technical and managerial positions. Hildebrand has been a technical writer and communicator for the last four years. He is a certified specialists in lubrication and tribology, as well as a certified maintenance and reliability professional.