Originally Posted by Txhillbilly
You can buy a pre-fit recoil pad from a couple mfg's. Why do you need to flatten the butt of the stock?
A Table saw would work great for this if you have an angle miter gauge like this-
If you need to shape a recoil pad to the stock,a belt sander works best. Just wrap the stock with several layers of masking tape to keep from sanding off the finish.
I looked into the pre fit pad option long ago. It seems none of them would fit my rifle just right. They'd always be a little off. (found this out be reading reviews, finding the pad's specs, and measuring the butt of my rifle.
I have a table saw, and a miter say, but neither of them have a blade that is suitable for this task. I'd have to go buy one.
The stock has to be flattened to accommodate the pad. The pad's base is not curved like the rifle was.
I got the pad today, so I looked at my rifle to see how much material had to be removed. It ended up being a very small amount. I just went ahead and used the belt sander to flatten it and square it up. It worked pretty good for this. I would have went with the bandsaw if a lot of material had to be removed, but like I said, there was very little that had to be removed.
The fit on the pad is not absolutely perfect, but it's pretty close. I may end up shortening the stock later the shorten the LOP, but I want to put a few rounds down it first to see how it feels.
I'll post some pics later.