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Re: 12ga Eagle Grade with Short Stock
Beauty and grace are in the eye of the beholder they say; and using a 1 1/2" pad is clearly the least expensive alternative to your problem, but they make a gun butt look danged ugly in my humble opinion. I thought I had a picture of one of those pads fitted to an A-3 with a short stock; but the pad was so ugly I cropped most of it out of the pic posted below. At any rate that pad is the 1 1/2" version of Galazan's Silver's pad; but you can at least see its black base is wider than the on their 1" version of the same pad (3/8" vs. 1/4"). If you'd seen this A-3 the first thing you would've noticed was how badly the thick pad detracted from the otherwise great lines and looks of that beautiful gun. That said, some of the ugliness of these extra thick pads can be tempered somewhat by covering same with a nice piece of leather, but even then the gun just won't look "right". Another inexpensive alternative would be to attach one of those removable leather pads that wrap around the butt and fasten with Velcro.
But the best, and also most expensive (besides restocking) solution is to send your gun to the Stock Doctor and have him lengthen the stock to your LOP while simultaneously matching grain and
color. And at that point you'd also have the option to finish the butt with any of the butt treatments Hunter offered their customers from their standard hard-rubber plate to a skeleton butt. I own too many ugly guns myself and thoroughly understand that correcting these flaws can be expensive, so good luck! download instagram pictures online